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Experimental/Post Metal

4.12 | 40 ratings

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4 stars The full length debut from Shels Sea of the Dying Dhow is a positive surprise to me. This is one of those post rock/ metal albums that is excellent entertainment. Itīs a very memorable album.

The music is very melodic and even though it has all the trademarks of the post rock/ metal genre like repetitive slow building riffs, sporadic vocals and dynamics that shifts between crushingly monumental metal riffing and quit acoustic parts itīs not trivial and it never gets generic. This is music that provokes images in your mind. I find it very beautiful. The singing isnīt the most dominant feature on the album, but when it does appear it gives just the right lift to the songs. The vocals range from emo rock like vocals to hardcore grunts. The music is mostly instrumental though. The mood is a bit lighter than much post rock/ metal I have encountered before. Itīs not happy though, but lets just say itīs a dark tunnel with a light in the end.

The musicians are very tight and Sea of the Dying Dhow oozes of class and good atmosphere among the musicians.

The production is one of the best I have heard in this kind of style and I can only praise the responsible producer for making this possible.

For fans of the genre this is a must, even though bands like Isis and Pelican have already covered most of the territory visited here. Shels have their own approach though and itīs a very enjoyable one. Iīll rate Sea of the Dying Dhow 4 stars and it comes highly recommended from me.

UMUR | 4/5 |


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