The Best Post-Metal Album

1.  The Ocean - Pelagial 289
2.  Cult Of Luna - Vertikal 233
3.  Obscure Sphinx - Void Mother 166
4.  Russian Circles - Memorial 90
5.  Rosetta - The Anaesthete 26
  Year Of No Light - Tocsin 26
7.  Černá - Restoring Life 16
  Consciousness Removal Project - Tacit 16
9.  A Storm Of Light - Nations To Flames 14
10.  Intronaut - Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones) (write-in vote) 6
  Sannhet - Known Flood 6
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925




Černá - Restoring Life

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Cody McCoy, the brain behind one-man instrumental project called Černá, creates a mesmerizing and dreamy atmosphere through most of Restoring Life's post-metalish set. With couple of occasional intense atmospheric black metal parts and ambient inputs, Černá embraces seemingly simplified elements into one compact piece of stunning instrumental sound. No vocals? Not need for them at all. Just go with the flow, and let your mind floating around carelessly.

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A Storm Of Light - Nations To Flames

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A Storm Of Light are back, adjusting the the spacious approach of their last to a more aggressive, mechanized, almost Ministry-esque assault. Worship has assembled, kneel, and enjoy "The Fire Sermon."

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Consciousness Removal Project - Tacit

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You will not find many albums like Tacit. From the soothing saxophone of the first song to the unexpected growls at the end of the journey, everything sounds pure, constantly engulfing you in unsettling ambiences. Consciousness Removal Project will expose convulsions, scars, colossal riffs and a somber future. And you will love every second of it.

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Cult Of Luna - Vertikal

It sure is wonderful to see that one of the most innovative works in post-metal has been made by one of pioneers of the genre. Inspired by the classic movie Metropolis, the band created an intense soundtrack for an unforgiving dystopia where the electronic and ambient elements contrast perfectly with their own brand of metal. Cult Of Luna keeps evolving album after album, releasing one of the absolute highlights of their already notable discography. Prepare yourself to feel the weight of the city and its urban fumes.

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Obscure Sphinx - Void Mother

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The sound of Obscure Sphinx is a chasm of post-metal, a mind altering and tormented experience with its twisted sludge elements and a uniquely unnerving vocal performance. Void Mother is the second studio release from this original band and finds them asserting their claim among post-metal's most daring sounds.

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Rosetta - The Anaesthete

If The Galilean Satellites taught us anything, it's that Rosetta are perfectly capable of releasing some truly innovative and beautiful atmospheric music, pushing boundaries but maintaining a certain level of accessibility. The Anaesthete builds on that foundation perfectly, packing as big a punch as ever with crushing consistency - a sincere display of raw talent that helps keep Rosetta among the upper echelon of post-metal bands.

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Russian Circles - Memorial

The instrumental band Russian Circles fulfill their potential with Memorial. From a post-rock sound they have moved as far as ever into metal territories, and as a result have created some of their most effective and most contemplative traverses yet. A darker album than the band's previous endeavours, Memorial is well named as its leaves a memorable mark in their musical evolution.

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Sannhet - Known Flood

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Known Flood sees Sannhet mesh shimmering post-metal with loads of periphery noises, static, while occasionally foraying into black metal urban jungle territory to add oommph. And dread. Post-elevator-metal this is not.

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The Ocean - Pelagial

Pelagial is the kind of album that exemplifies ambition, personifying what it means to be grandiose, aiming above the concept of the pinnacle of creativity, and ultimately capturing the essence of artistry. If that doesn't sound pretentious enough for you, allow for a slew of adjectives to better describe the sound: profoundly progressive, enticingly enormous, beautifully bombastic - the list goes on. Simply put, The Ocean have produced one of post-metal's most intricate and thoughtful releases of the decade, let alone the best of 2013.

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Year Of No Light - Tocsin

Year Of No Light have not only set out to prove that Ausserwelt wasn't a one-time thing, but they have also apparently challenged themselves to make their most intense and challenging listen to date. Tocsin is proof of that effort, comprised of some incredibly heavy slow-paced droning riffs and a daunting, suffocating atmosphere. This album is packed with tension and density, so much so you might have to check your ears for blood.

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