|Review: Earth and Pillars - Pilars I|
Label: Avantgarde Music
Year released: 2016
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: February 13, 2017
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (6 Votes)
The follow-up to the epochal Earth I from 2014 comes along like a wave cresting through the deeps of a forested rift. This is an extension of the atmospheric and powerful sound this band showed on their debut, acting very much as a second chapter, or continuation of the music there. I can't say this band is pioneering anything, as they are deeply entrenched in the Cascadian sound carved out by Weakling and Wolves in the Throne Room, but in this kind of thing, innovation takes a backseat to mood, and this band has that in fistfuls. Pillars I is packed with the atmospheric style of shaded Black Metal that has come to define the style, with vocals mixed low so you almost don't notice them, and complex layers of riff and dynamic stacked on top of each other until the whole is an inseparable wall of sound. If you liked their last one, you will like this. It sounds a bit less organic and moody than Earth, but it is still a good tide.
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