The Best Post-Metal Album

1.  Kauan - Sorni Nai 194
2.  Intronaut - The Direction Of Last Things 126
3.  Sunset In The 12th House - Mozaic 78
4.  Kontinuum - Kyrr 76
5.  Minsk - The Crash And The Draw 43
6.  Izah - Sistere 33
7.  Callisto - Secret Youth 27
  Sunpocrisy - Eyegasm, Hallelujah! 27
9.  Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster - Wires/Dream\Wires 18
10.  In Each Hand A Cutlass - The Kraken 17
11.  Ghost Bath - Moonlover (write-in vote) 11
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Callisto - Secret Youth

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Big changes are not necessary to become unique, just well thought-out ones. Callisto made sure to give their own interpretation of the genre by giving emphasis on the bass, drums, and some Tool-esque influences. The production makes the album cold and mechanical, resulting in an urban identity that resonates well with the harsh Finnish winters. Ironically, warmth can be found aplenty in the brilliant clean vocals that get the spotlight throughout this richly-structured and addictive album.

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In Each Hand A Cutlass - The Kraken

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Entertaining instrumental records are never easy to make as one might want to compensate for the absence of vocal lead with technical instrumentation. In Each Hand A Cutlass let the music be the focus instead. Dancing between post-rock, post metal and prog, they make changing dynamics guide the storyline development and suspense. The Kraken is as adventurous as the name suggests and a great follow-up by the Singaporeans to their début album in 2011.

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Intronaut - The Direction Of Last Things

As progressive as ever, Intronaut take a giant leap forward with The Direction Of Last Things. While they continue to evolve musically, in terms of songwriting ability and musicianship, this new album has it all: calm waters (intricate instrumental passages) and heavy big waves (ingenious bursts of aggression). This is the right kind of direction. And we might be in the presence of their magnum opus.

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Izah - Sistere

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Monolithic. Gigantic. Colossal. Those are some of the adjectives that come to mind when detailing this 4-song, 70+ minute epic venture. Oozing with established post metal aura, atmosphere and aesthetics, Sistere is as satisfying as it is relentlessly breathtaking. Let's hope you are in the best shape of your life and have the utmost patience and stamina to fully enjoy this Dutch band's debut opus.

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Kauan - Sorni Nai

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Narrating the journey of the unfortunate hikers involved in the infamous Dyatlov Pass incident, Kauan's sombre fusion of post-rock with doom is an excellent fit for delivering ominous atmosphere fit for the occasion. Sorni Nai is slow, self-reflective and fascinating. The Russian band keeps true to the high standard they've set with previous albums.

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Kontinuum - Kyrr

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Iceland's Kontinuum has already had a nomination for the prestigious Metal Storm Awards back in 2012 for their excellent debut. The logical step forward is to outdo themselves by… doing everything better of course! Awesomeness runs strong in Kyrr as the songs almost bleed into gothic territories, proving that post-metal can still be exciting.

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Minsk - The Crash And The Draw

Resurrected Minsk's return is post-metal with an emphasis on slowly developing tense yet expansive atmospheres. Pounding guitars and drum kit at a slow-to-mid-pace with world-class howled, roaring vocals. Minsk are constantly pushing the verge of a metal pyroclastic eruption of Krakatoa-like proportions… but an eruption that never comes. Or, using alternate meanings of that last word, it's edging, metal style.

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Sunpocrisy - Eyegasm, Hallelujah!

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Fine-crafted Italian post-metal, Sunpocrisy take the standard post-metal song structure and stretch it out over a fantastic album. Everything has its space. It's open. Eyegasm is a great headphones album, as you can pick out all the cool, interesting things everyone is doing. Eyegasm? Eargasm, Hallelujah!

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Sunset In The 12th House - Mozaic

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Assuming you've asked the question "What if Dordeduh (read: the original Negură Bunget) played post-rock?", then consider Sunset In The 12th House as an answer to your prayers. In reality, Mozaic is an answer to any music lover's prayers, and in the form of spelling it out for you because it's a wonderful journey through various stylistic influences, all centered around an inherent sense of melody and atmosphere that draws from the best of Dordeduh and Negură Bunget.

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Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster - Wires/Dream\Wires

Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster might just play the standard Post-it format, they just do it far better than most. The entire point of the genre is to try to paint a picture with sound. To go with that analogy, their music would be hanging in a gallery somewhere, while most other acts would be on display in an office building. The kind that sells office supplies, perhaps, like Post-It notes. A thoroughly enjoyable album, great for enthusiasts of the genre as well as a good starting point for those looking to dabble.

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