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WEAKLING

Experimental/Post Metal • United States


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WEAKLING is a now defunct American black metal act from San Francisco, California. They released only one album, titled Dead as Dreams, and several demos/rehearsals. Despite their short incarnation, they were a profound influence on the future of progressive black metal. Their grim and trance-like aesthetics inspired a legion of bands such as WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM. Many people credit them as the founders of the post black metal movement.

The band's only line up held Josh Smith on guitar (most famous from the math rock band THE F*CKING CHAMPS), John Gossard on guitar and vocals, Sarah Weiner on bass, Casey Ward on keyboards, and Sam Foster (aka Little Sunshine) on drums.

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Why this artist is listed in www.progarchives.com :
They were pioneers in the post-black and progressive black metal genres. Each of their songs is ten to twenty minutes in length with many dynamic shifts and all accompanied with dense atmosphere.

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4.00 | 9 ratings
Dead As Dreams
2000

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Live Practice
1998
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Rehearsal
1998

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 Dead As Dreams by WEAKLING album cover Studio Album, 2000
4.00 | 9 ratings

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Dead As Dreams
Weakling Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Weakling noted the commonality between the wall of guitars sound in black metal and the wall of guitars sound in shoegaze (a la My Bloody Valentine) and really exploit the common ground between the two to the hilt, creating this intriguing album which expands the pallette of black metal and features epic, prog rock-length tracks that have a nigh-hypnotic effect on the listener. The sharp production allows for greater appreciation of the parts played by the individual members - bassist Sarah Weiner's playing is particularly noteworthy - and it's only comparatively recently with the emergence of other progressive/shoegaze black metal bands that the genius experiments dabbled in here are really getting the attention they deserve.

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 Dead As Dreams by WEAKLING album cover Studio Album, 2000
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Weakling Experimental/Post Metal

Review by VanVanVan
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4 stars Extreme metal is a genre that I enjoy immensely, and, upon hearing that this is considered to be one of the first albums to merge post-metal with black/death-metal I knew I had to give it a listen, having very much enjoyed other bands that fused those two styles, such as Alcest.

Wow, that was quite a run-on sentence. My apologies.

To the music: I admit, when I saw the track listing I was a bit intimidated. Five songs, all of which are over ten minutes. I saw a lot of potential to get bored. Luckily, that was not the case. This music is, dare I say, soothing. That seems odd to say, given that the majority of the music is dominated by aggressive guitars and extremely harsh vocals, but in my opinion there's not a better word to describe it. The harshness and aggression coalesce into a soundscape which is very atmospheric despite its intensity. These songs are fairly repetitive, but in my opinion that helps them; it allows the listener to get into a rhythm and be able to zone out to this music, in contrast to other extreme metal bands that shred a lot and require all of your concentration to keep up.

However, I also don't want to give the impression that this music is just the same thing over and over. It's not as dynamic as say, Opeth's longer compositions are, but this music still rises and falls in the way you would expect from long tracks. There are soft acoustic passages (though they are brief and few) and long passages are instrumental in contrast to the harsh vocals.

Overall, I would recommend this album highly, but understand what you're getting into. This is labeled as Experimental/Post-metal, but Black Metal is still the primary influence here. This is an atmospheric and well composed album, but it uses very harsh instrumentation and style. I feel like I'm rambling a bit, but hopefully you get the idea. Good stuff.

4/5

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