This very good in a metal / shoegaze way.
Check it out.
for what it's worth, for as much gets made about the odd trend of Black Metal/Shoegaze crossover, Alcest (and Les Discrets' first album)seems to be the only actually good band of the lot.
but found myself getting really, really bored even by the end of the first song. Maybe I need to listen on proper speakers or something - headphones kill a lot of metal albums.
Not a black metal heid by any means, but this is solid. Sounds like a melting pot of Wolves In The Throne Room, Liturgy, Jesu, Isis and even Mogwai in parts.
not used to these sorts of vocals but I'm prepared to let them grow on me given the quality of the playing.
wish it had a fewwww more melodic tricks up its sleeve but it certainly has the dynamics down
though the fewer there are the more exquisite they sound i think
I really like it. The guitars just sound incredibly vast and lush. Feel like it would be really cool if the vocals were done in a more shoegaze manner, but it's something a bit different and they'll definitely grow on me.
doesn't need shoegaze vocals
kinda prefer the gazey BM that embraces futility, wastage and hardcore throat abuse, like Darkspace or Xasthur, tbh
It's got the melodic tricks - circuitous closure to the leads and chord progressions. The guitar and drums sound amazing too. More metal/doom than post-rock like Deafheaven, but it does get strung out on trancey riffs for satisfyingly long periods.
Like Brainfeedr up there, I enjoyed the lushness of Sunbather at first but it't not really getting under my skin. But this Sadhaka album I've had on repeat for weeks. It's glorious.
Just wait until you've played it a few times. Gets even better. The way the leads play themselves back into the riffs. The enormity of it keeps expanding. It's huge.
on it right now
it's excellent, I approve!
absolutely wonderful music
the power of the mystics? Really energised trance.
Black metal needs more brhamic influence. Fell Voices, Weapon, Sadhaka - bands playing with Eastern mysticism are making the most interesting stuff right now. Although Weapon just split
Which is a shame.
Guitars sounded amazing. I could happily live in that sound.
Drums were all too same-y
Vocals: I'm not a fan of that Wolves in the Throne Room kinda razorwire screaming. I prefer screams/growls to be used sparingly for effect not as the sole vocal style.
It was okay, and i'll go back to it at some point I'm sure but as someone pointed out ^ there, Alcest did a lovely job of the BM/Shoegaze thing last year. It's much more towards the shoegaze end of the spectrum but Whirr's album from last year was damned good too.
Bearing in mind the fact that they are playing pitchforkfest etc it seems a little too easy for them to puff Deafheaven
Having said that I could be prejudiced against Deafheaven because I saw them live supporting Circle takes the square and the singer came across as a belm of the highest order.
I do like Alcest A LOT though so maybe I should give this record a listen.
Previous album was a Year End record for me, & reading the Pitchfork review was enough to instantly make me order the new one, but heard a lot of people complain about the lead guy live, & him talk about haters in interviews.
and then stands on the monitor at the front with his microphone stand held horizontally eyeballing the crowd in a silent-confrontational way.
I mean, kudos for trying something different I guess but it's pretty embaressing for all concerned tbh.
gets better with repeated listens, too..
Pitchfork Metal is a new genre huh
and the MBV style whammy action 5 minutes into Vertigo.
So, so good.
that screaming get a bit old after a while?
It's a wonderful noise.
Metal is the only place vocals have been innovated in the last however many years.....30?! probably
heard of T-Pain, brah?
should have clarified that by saying Rock Music Vocals or something - Rap is a whole other game.
but then personally I just see Vocals post-Converge as just another instrument to add to the atmosphere and composition
Because I was really looking forward to this but for some reason wasn't expecting typical metal vocals...so I turned it off. I know there's literally tonnes of albums I've missed because of this but it just doesn't fit the bill of what I want out of music. Perhaps in the future I'll get into it. I'll certainly give this album another shot as the instrumentals sounded exceptional. At least I have BoC, Sigur Ros, Jon Hopkins, TNP to listen to right now.
I thought this was fucking amazing