First of all sorry for the inactivity. Studying math can be pretty much of a time-eater (maybe turtle-eater as well, who knows). Then again, I didn’t feel like writing at all anyway, especially no more reviews. So I’ll write whatever comes to my mind about music from now on. And whenever the hell I want to. Not that anyone cares anyway considering the ridiculous amount of readers.
Recently I’ve been a lot into Post-Metal (again). Today I’ve come across a thing again that occured to me some time ago. So if you’re into Post-Metal you might be familiar with bands like ISIS, ROSETTA, CULT OF LUNA right? Well, it’s particularly about them actually. Suppose you’re really familiar with these and know at least the whole discography (if not, get to know it, I’m dead serious here). Ever realized they have a similar album format regarding song length, structure, and so on. Well, of course they do, they are in the same music genre, so why bother? The point is, as inconspicuous as it might be, they all have at least one album with 7 songs with a length of approx. one hour. Still nothing special in that genre. Let me get to the point:
The three albums I’m hinting at are PANOPTICON (2004), WAKE/LIFT (2007), SOMEWHERE ALONG THE HIGHWAY (2006). Put them on a playlist in that order and take a listen through the whole thing. The first time I did this it was kind of a random playlist experiment. But there are parallels about that albums that startled me the first time I recognized them.
First similarity: The sound. Yes, I already mentioned it, they are pretty similar bands, so what? The thing is, on each of that albums the band’s sound is really unique in a way of forming a coherent soundscape unlike any other from the band. As far as I know they are all concept albums which would explain that coherence, still I feel there’s a connection in each of these three albums I never heard somewhere else.
Second similiarty: The structure. As already mentioned they each contain 7 songs and last nearly an hour. The dynamic variation on each of the albums also feels pretty consistent as devastatingly crushing beginnings lead to calm intermezzos to finally end in the
Third and most outstanding similarity: The end. The last two songs on the albums each form an end that can only be described as the perfect ending to a masterpiece. A conclusion of a journey through an altered mind. On PANOPTICON we have the beautiful and crushing instrumental piece “Altered Course” which always evokes a feeling of the human insignificance compared to the infinite wideness of the ocean. It leads to the last track “Grinning Mouths” which is a devastating coloss bringing you back from where you went before but not leaving those feelings behind. On WAKE/LIFT the beginning of the end is made by “(Temet Nosce)” (=”Know Thyself”), again very long instrumental song that has a similarly ethereal vibe to it as “Altered Course” but leading to a different emotional level. Feelings like hope for the distant future are brought up, in a way that we can all find out everything that holds this world together, in a way we can finally get to “know ourselves” Then comes “Monument”, as the title suggests a heavy Monument interrupting the hopeful feelings and leaving a devastated future world. The conclusion on SOMEWHERE ALONG THE HIGHWAY is initialized by the long, also (almost) instrumental song “Dim” which again is the most ethereal sounding song on the album. It builds up slowly starting from a lonely atmosphere kind of picking up where “Monument” left. Followed by the absolute end. “Dark City, Dead Man” is the longest song on the whole playlist and deserves to be called the most overwhelming one as well. Lights out, you hear nothing but the quiet rhythm at the beginning with background sounds of pure loneliness similar to the ones in “Dim”. The journey through 16 minutes of perhaps the darkest sounds ever audible on this planet ends up in a repetitive riff stretched out 5 minutes feeling like stretched out to infinity which (if possible) would have been even better. Convoluting every feeling from before in just one: the final darkness. And then follows worse: Complete silence.
These were my experiences with what i call the “Trinity Of Post-Metal” so far. Maybe someone else will also discover this beautiful connectivity between these masterpieces now and might have similar impressions. I definitely wanted to share this because I haven’t come across anything like this with other albums. I hope that changes someday.