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Experimental/Post Metal

3.94 | 10 ratings

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4 stars It seems like everything this band does turns out a masterpiece! This EP is kind of a continuation of Sea of dying Dhow, with recurring themes, such as names, and music. The full version of water, the less metal version of the white umbrella (Lights in Laurentian), and a new version of Atoll. This EP shows something different though, it shows that *Shels is in fact a very metal band!

The album starts with the full version of Water, a borderline pop song, but this time with an acoustic twist at the end, then the next half of the album follows in the footsteps of Sea of Dying Dhow, with lots as mesmerizing atmospheres and soundscapes. But in the second half of City of the Swan, we're given a small taste of heaviness that wasn't in the original album. So after the new version of the white umbrella part two, comes one of the most phenomenal post meta songs of all time, Fireflystarrs. At first it starts a little off the grind from the normal atmospheric acoustic, but begins with an eerie electric guitar riff, and after a small build up, hell brakes lose. Palm muted guitars with a hardcore esque vocal performance immediately takes you off your feet, and from then on the song demands your full attention as it switches from soft to loud withing the blink of an eye. Not only does this song introduce the sheer brutality of the group, but it's followed by the song wingfortheirsmiles, which pretty much the last song on a major scale.

I feel bad for giving this band two five star reviews, for their only collections of music, but I got to hand it to them, they are by far the most exciting band in the field of the ever expanding post metal genre. And I believe they will come out with yet another astonishing album, this group is not to be overlooked.

4 stars

Dim | 4/5 |


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