Rating:
8.5
Alaskan - Despair, Erosion, Loss
28 February 2014


01. Sacrifice
02. Fiend
03. Inferno
04. Submerged
05. Guiltless
06. Eternal


Post-metal or whatever has been around for much longer than I thought. Seeing reviews and listening to albums from over a decade ago opened my eyes to a genre I once thought was a modern trend, much like the rise of "blackgaze". After finding this out, and listening to Alaskan's new sophomore album, Despair, Erosion, Loss, I've learned that even with existing for over 10 years, this genre still isn't dull or stagnant.

After a two year hiatus (minus a great split EP with Co-Pilot), this Ontarian band has moulded together a second full-length release that clocks in at around 35 minutes, which happens to be the perfect length for this ADHD-riddled teen. The album starts with a vast wall of sound created by blasting drums; harsh, heavy hitting chords; and fat bass lines that 70's funk bands would be jealous of. The wall of noise is full of many layers, that, when sifted through, create a very rich and wide atmosphere. The different tones of the guitars range from heavy (and I mean HEAVY) to ambient and fragile. The bass lines are ever present in the mix, which is always a plus. They pulse and throb throughout and with the small amount of fuzz they even add to the chaotic and overwhelming atmosphere during the more heavy interludes. The drums create a sort of energy that's unmatched. Throughout the album they build and build until they overflow with sludgy goodness and they crash chaotically over before they start to build again. The whole album proceeds in this way, building up and crashing out. Some sections even become slightly psychedelic, such as the intro to "Eternal". The album's production is nearly flawless. Everything is where it needs to be, everything is audible, and nothing is overbearing. It's just perfection. Overall the release is a very strong one; this is a fantastic album to start 2014 off with.

LISTEN. NAO.

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 6
Production: 9


Band profile: Alaskan
Album: Despair, Erosion, Loss


 


written by Boxcar Willy | 24.01.2014



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Both Bears - 24.01.2014 at 11:41  
A strong album indeed .. agree with the Originality score, but well, sometimes all you need is yet another well crafted post metal/hc album
Mattybu - 24.01.2014 at 18:46  
I always thought post-rock and post-metal were stupid genre names, the only reason being that well... rock and metal aren't really over? Nice review Tanner
Lit. - 24.01.2014 at 18:51  
Meh, I wasn't too impressed with their debut, so I'm not sure I'll bother with this one.
R'Vannith - 25.01.2014 at 06:34  
I'm not familiar with this band but you make it sound like it would be something I'd like, will check this out. The bit about energetic, gradually building and chaos creating drums sounds pretty promising.

And as for post-metal, I've also found it to be far from stagnant as well.
LascaillesShroud - 25.01.2014 at 18:48  
Good review, I will be checking this band out soon. Sounds interesting.
Susan - 29.01.2014 at 07:08  
Alaskan has a new album out?!?!?!?!!?!?

I obsessed over their debut. Straight obsessed.

"guitars range from heavy (and I mean HEAVY) to ambient and fragile. The bass lines are ever present in the mix, which is always a plus." Oh yes oh yes oh yes.
tea[m]ster - 02.02.2014 at 18:09  
Good band, good review.

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