The Best Post-Metal Album

  • Allochiria - Omonoia
  • Arctic Sleep - Passage Of Gaia
  • Crib45 - Marching Through The Borderlines
  • Dirge - Hyperion
  • Ghost Brigade - IV - One With The Storm
  • Giant Squid - Minoans
  • Moanaa - Descent
  • Nero Di Marte - Derivae
  • Pet Slimmers Of The Year - Fragments Of Uniforms
  • Sólstafir - Ótta
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    Allochiria - Omonoia

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    Female lead vocals in post/atmospheric sludge metal portrays a different shade of darkness and mystery. Add them to heavy, crushing layered guitars and deep bass and drums, what results is a wall of sound that's both pacifying and debilitating. Long-winded songs with low tempo to budding crescendos, Omonoia is a terrific debut LP and Allochiria are a band for post metal enthusiasts to keep an eye on.

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    Arctic Sleep - Passage Of Gaia

    Arctic Sleep's unusually vivid blend of melodic doom metal and post-rock instils much colour in Passage Of Gaia, which possesses a lush and vibrant individuality of sound that projects the general despondency of a genre in a palpably fresh way, uplifting doom beyond its confines with unique style and tone.

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    Crib45 - Marching Through The Borderlines

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    A conscious attempt to move away from generic, run of the mill post-metal, Marching Through The Borderlines flawlessly executes many different musical constituents into one solid brand of atmospheric design. Industrial, electronic and abrasive moments announce Crib45's sludge-centered post-metal compositions and gives the band a signature sound all their own.

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    Dirge - Hyperion

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    At the most enduring end of the genre, Dirge continue to deliver post-metal post-apocalyptic. Hyperion is everything atmospheric sludge has come to mean in an expanse projected darkly with a heightened and heavy level of atmosphere, bearing a distinguishing industrial wear-and-tear to a slowly enveloping sound. Lose yourself in the name appropriate dirge.

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    Ghost Brigade - IV - One With The Storm

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    The fourth installment of Ghost Brigade's own style in post-metal continues to provide a unique example of melodic death metal progression. Basing their studio efforts well beyond generic limits and engaging the structures and tones of post-metal, their original sound is one which finds a consistent and engaging arrangement in IV: One With The Storm, maintaining their position as a distinctive contender in the genre for 2014.

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    Giant Squid - Minoans

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    Unique albums such as Minoans are hard to come by. The ever-evolving music of Giant Squid assumes here another aquatic form and opens up new horizons. With such majestic complementary voices and melodic finesse, the inspired songs in Minoans exude sorrow and beauty. Experimental in nature, this album is striking in its sudden bursts of consistently good riffs and flawless in its delivery and emotional connection.

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    Moanaa - Descent

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    For those looking to satisfy the hole in the heart left by the Isis breakup, look no further than Moanaa to refurnish some post metal mysticism and aura. Gorgeous song instrumentation and structures are well balanced with the fine line between soothing clean singing and harsh screaming. With these components working together, Descent illuminates a vibe that is divine. A perfect substitute for fans of the genre yearning for the feelings of simple, linear old school post metal.

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    Nero Di Marte - Derivae

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    Somewhat akin to an alternate universe Ulcerate whose foundation would lay in progressive melodeath, Nero Di Marte distort their roots almost beyond recognition in an intense and twisting maze of meandering post-stuff structures and dark, brooding atmosphere certainly not devoid of beauty.

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    Pet Slimmers Of The Year - Fragments Of Uniforms

    To leave a mark in the over-populated world of instrumental post metal the music better be fresh and contagious. Fragments Of Uniforms achieves lofty hierarchy by way of beautiful hooks and melodies in perfect synchronization and production. The auditory numbness that transpires with each build-up and climax will send chills down the spine.

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    Sólstafir - Ótta

    Sólstafir's style so often seemed to suffer from an identity crisis as they continued to distance themselves throughout their discography from their black metal roots, such suffering making it all the more distinctive and the resulting sound is set into a variety of mood pieces which find a focused expression in their latest effort. On Ótta they've certainly surmounted themselves as artistic post-metal prospectors, engaging a sound at metal's fringes.

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