Thursday, August 21, 2014

Arctic Sleep "Passage of Gaia"

Country: USA
Sub GenreProgressive Atmospheric Doom Metal
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release dateAugust 21, 2014 (CD, digital), November 2014 (vinyl)
  1. The Staircase 06:52
  2. Terra Vindicta 05:52
  3. Green Dragon 08:45
  4. Hyperion 04:14
  5. Antipode 05:54
  6. Passage Of Gaia 09:15
  7. Solar Lament 05:54
  8. Destroy The Urn 07:35
Keith D - vocals, drums, bass, cello, djembe, keyboards, guitar, e-bow
Mike Gussis - guitars
Emily Jancetic - additional backing vocals

These self proclaimed – Progressive Atmospheric Doomsters – from Milwaukee, deserve credit for writing an emotionally charged albums that remains powerful from the opening note of first track – The Staircase – as it perfectly sets the scene for the next 56 mins or so. If you're expecting a heavy as hell ISIS/Neurosis type experience like their earlier albums then you maybe slightly disappointed though This album is still a wonderfully sonic crushing vision in its' own right.
Passage of Gaia is more a progressive space-rock opera compared to their last few albums and it makes it a more refreshing and rewarding experience. The guitars and drums are tighter than ever especially on the first half of the album as Arctic Sleep feel they are channelling Deftones and Opeth in equal measure but still sounding so damn original. Progressive Metal combining with Doom Metal has been done a million times before but none match the emotional intensity that Arctic Sleep have created here.
 Read the full review by Steve Howe at thesludgelord.blogspot.com



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