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*Shels - Sea Of The Dying Dhow CD (album) cover




Experimental/Post Metal

4.18 | 50 ratings

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3 stars I remember founding this band through numerous recommendations here on PA forum. They are great indeed...but I wouldn't regard them as my favourite Post-Metal band.

The best thing about *SHELS is that they care not about Metal much, they're about creating atmosphere (and they even have a band member for this purpose ;) ). Mostly medium in size (3-10 minutes except for 2 intros), pieces are built in Post-Rock "quiet intro-long progression-loud climax" standard, but this is the case where cliches work FOR the band, not against them. Another positive side of this depressing stuff (ha-ha) for me is CLEAN VOCALS most of the time. Mehdi definitely SINGS, and this is far better in my book than usual Post-Metal/Sludge hardly bearable scream. Due to the fact that band stuck in 6/8 signature, many OPETH fans will find them more than enjoyable ;) Besides these 6/8 harmonies are well-played/arranged - with three guitars (!) you can hardly go wrong! Despite all these "advantages", the album failed to click on me THAT much, but it is strong and promising effort (3.5 stars really!!!). Highly recommended to all Post-Rock/Metal fans, especially those who appreciate melodies over riffs (like I do)

Prog-jester | 3/5 |


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