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Experimental/Post Metal

4.03 | 21 ratings

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4 stars Irepress is a hard to define "Post Metal band" that creates an original mix sound between the technicality of progressive metal and math rock (to a certain degree) and intense melody of post rock. I'm really impressed by the incredible musicianship effort put to this album especially in the combination of technical music with intensive melodies due the fact that many bands tend to choose one or the other. Irepress can easily be compared to there other post metal counterparts such as Russian Circles and Isis, but they create something a little more original and out of the ordinary.

Expect the unexpected in Samus Octology due to the overabundant changes of time and melody that create a very innovative sound and atmosphere. The album has incredible songs that combine some sort of heavy riffs with slow or fast melancholic jazzy sections that bring incredible atmosphere and feel to the album. At the start of almost every song in the album you might think that Irepress is just one of those progressive metal shows off bands but if you look deeper into the album you'll find that this band is like no other. Songs like A. Frid Ohm/B. Martin Eek that has a very melancholic intro with an incredible bird whistle ("just beautiful") in the middle of the song to give great atmosphere presence. Other brilliant songs like Pah No and June Ipper can easily describe the album but the one that caught my attention the most was Nonografistole Adendum (Trampled to Death by Love). This song combines all the previous elements mentioned early and yet something more, with an incredible saxophone (I think it was a saxophone, if not, mistake) and additional percussion that give a jazzy moved feel to it, and it's almost 10 minutes long (though the length doesn't make the song any better).

In overall this album is amazing as it gets. This is one of the most innovating bands within the post rock-metal (or however you want to classify it) genre combining such incredible elements all in one package of songs. Highly recommended to post metal fans looking for a band that breaks out of the ordinary rather than doing the same thing all over again and not bringing anything new to the table.

A well earned 4.5! fantastic album.

burritounit | 4/5 |


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