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Experimental/Post Metal

4.12 | 40 ratings

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5 stars I had the great pleasure of suggesting this band to PA, and so I think I should have a review ready for this amazing album.

I stumbled across this album mainly by accident, as it was recommended to me by a friend, and I thought I'd give it a go, and boy, am I glad I did. *shels is a band that may seem like it comes all too often, but in reality comes far too little in this music scene, or Post Metal scene.

Sea of the Dying Dhow is an album that is aimed at conjuring emotions, imagery and egnimatic sound scapes. The mystery of GY!BE is there, but the incredibly heavy metal side is also evident. Accoustic guitars play a very prominent role in the band, which adds the needed variety to keep the band aloof from it's traditional counterparts. It may be your traditional start soft; get loud Post Rock/Metal band stylings, but they really don't just mold in all that well. The atmosphere in this album is killer, but it doesn't just reside within the GY!BE eningmatic-forboding and dreary atmosphere. It has upbeat, almost happy sounding sections, angry, or even brutal sections, that accentuate the juxtaposition of the atmospheres (Yes, I know that statement is a jargon filled mouth full) incredibly well. *shels loves to stagger the lines transition, changing from dreamy accoustic wonder, to angry, relentless metal guitar riffing, and then back to delicate accoustics before you have time to acclimate yourself, leaving yourself wondering what exactly happened, and (in my case) loving it.

I won't (as I usually don't) go into individual track reviews, but I must say, if you listen to just one track, listen to The Conference of the Birds. This song is the single song that sold me on the band, and is, in my opinion one of the best songs in the Post Metal genre, from any band. Ever. Yes, it's that good.

5 Stars.

Drakk | 5/5 |


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