This was probably the first post-metal album that I have ever listened to and loved form the first listen. While listening to this I actually felt like I was traveling through space with the astronaut and could feel his descent into madness once he got to Europa and realized he was alone. I would write more but my words will not give this album the justice it deserves. An awesome record. One of the best post-metal albums I have ever heard.
This has an innovative feel to it (despite the fact that this isn't the first band to travel down this musical road) and a presence all it's own that seems to captivate. These songs are truly epic sounding, and any fan of the experimental metal genre would be missing out hard by not checking out this record/band.
Both discs at the same time: IT'S MASSIVE! Both in sound and atmosphere. I also like the
story the album tells and it sort of helps me get into the music. The closing moments of Au
Pays Natal/Sol are absolutely marvelous.
The idea of playing both discs at once for full effect might come off as gimmicky, but the fact is, they couldn't fit together any better - the end result being a truly remarkable slab of Post Metal. Of course, all this would mean nothing if they weren't fluent to begin with, but luckily the respective discs can hold their own when played separately.
Disc 1: Heavy and aggressive, a perfect example of what every post-metal band should be. 4.2/5
Disc 2: More ethereal and haunting than it's predecessor. Definitely more in the "ambient" genre than "post-metal" or "sludge."
Together: The absolute best of both albums. Seriously, the albums sync up beautifully and make for the most amazing post-metal
experience since I first listened to oceanic some 2 years ago. 4.7/5