Glories – There Is No Stillness
With their third full-length album, There Is No Stillness, Alabama post-rockers Glories stay true to their namesake by crafting a record that sounds, well, glorious. The (primarily) instrumental quartet offer up five poignant tracks of auditory triumph and romanticized sound. Through their use highly textural instrumentation, emotive melody and dynamic buildups and crescendos, Glories deliver a work that, while not revolutionary within the post-rock universe, is sonically powerful and graceful. The stage is set with “Bravo Sierra”, which conjures radiant clean guitar melodies that glide above swirling layers of kaleidoscopic ambiance. After about two-minutes the song bursts into a stampede of driving percussion and smooth, yet towering chords before building into a wall of intensely gorgeous sound inhabited by massive bass lines, thunderous guitar riffs and soaring, atmospheric leads. The song ends with a calming exhibition of ethereal aura and tranquil electronica, elements of which are found throughout the remainder of the album including the almost danceable beat in “Telescopes” and the dreamlike key section on “As Walls Keep Shifting”. Whether the songs be more subdued and melancholic (“A Hint of the Sea”), or more buoyant and energetic (“Dead Wait”), there is no sweet spot that There Is No Stillness doesn’t hit. Avid fans of post-rock will be very pleased to add this one to their collection.
Release Date: January 20, 2017
Favorite Tracks: “Bravo Sierra” and “A Hint of the Sea”
For Fans Of: This Will Destroy You, Caspian and Mogwai
Samskaras – Asunder
French Canadian death metal duo Samskaras unleash four new death dealing tracks on their debut EP release, Asunder. Comprised of vocalist/guitarist/bassist Eric Burnet (Derelict, Unburnt) and drummer Alexandre Dupras (Unhuman), the duo craft groove-heavy, technical progressive metal that sews the seeds planted by other Canadian acts such as Cryptopsy and Neuraxis, as well as nod to stateside tech metal acts like Nile and The Faceless. The result is a short, but undeniably blistering 16-minute release that officially kicks off with the thunderous “Fuelscape”. Tumultuous blast beats lay the explosive ground work on this track, while bellowing, down-tuned guitars unleash a plethora of angular grooves and flesh-ripping tremolo-picked assaults. The vocals here, and practically the entire release, range from bestial lows, to acidic highs, to effect-laden cleans, all of which are layered upon one another at various points. “Solar” follows next and showcases the band’s more “progressive” leanings with its array of virtuosic guitar leads and sci-fi melodies, interlaced with the band’s face-melting complexity and grit. The release is capped off splendidly with its heaviest compositions, “Separate” and “Conquer”. These four-minute tracks show Samskaras at their most brutal, delivering galloping, chugging, serpentine instrumentation that tows the line between extreme complexity and standard modern death metal chops. All in all, Asunder is a solid little death metal release and a positive step forward for this Canadian act.
Release Date: January 20, 2017
Favorite Tracks: “Separate” and “Conquer”
For Fans Of: Neuraxsis, The Faceless and Enslaved