For starters, take the typical build-up of a post-metal song, at least of so many I've reviewed. Slow, clean intro, the "theme" of the song is introduced. It gradually builds up, swells, then someone stomps on a distortion pedal while the front man starts screaming into a mic that gets 50% the final mix, making me want to impale my eardrums with a corkscrew.
These Eye-talians took that general layout and spread it out like tomato sauce, beautiful tomato sauce*, over pizza dough. The entire album almost functions as one super-extended song structure following that layout. The songs themselves start mellow, flow into one another as the intensity in general builds. There are a few intermittent spikes in velocity, to be sure, but in general the first half the album is largely chill. When you get to "Gravis Vociferatur" things have changed and the intensity and pace are cranked up, just like the crescendo most bands hit about the four minute mark of their average song.
The music itself is also great. Everything has its space. It's open. Eyegasm is a great headphones album, as you can pick out all the cool, interesting things everyone is doing. After several listens I'm still finding little bits way off to the right or left to focus on and enjoy. Also of note, as much as I enjoy it, I think an album exclusively composed of either style would get tedious, so kudos to them on their song and album construction weaving back and forth between the two.
Vocals alternate between decent clean and the harsh "I'M SHOUTING AT YOU! RAWRSGJJGHH!" style… but at their most harsh they are mixed considerably better than most bands, not dominating the music but working as part of it. Furthermore at other points they utilize the rawrgh vocals, but bury it deeper in the mix behind the instrumentation and clean vocals. To go back to my sauce analogy, it's like when you have a great spoon of some ragu and immediately taste the tomato, the basil, the garlic… is that a hint of vino rosso? They are subtly deployed to good effect. Listen to the four minute mark of "Eternatarian" to catch this in action.
So, yeah, enjoyed this. If you like post-metal." metalstorm