Friday, June 8, 2018

EP Review: POSTMORTAL Soil (Solitude Productions) by Ben Fitts

Place of origin: Poland
Genre: Funeral Death Doom Metal
Format: Digital
Release Date: April 27, 2018
On their debut EP Soil, Polish funeral doom quartet Postmortal deliver the dreary songcraft, rumbling low end and riffs that go by at the speed of a crippled tortoise that fans of the subgenre expect. Postmortal’s approach to the style is proudly minimalist with sparse phrasing, lots of empty sonic space, expansive atmosphere and considerable repetition, the latter resulting in the three track long EP managing to crack the twenty-four minute mark. The result is an appropriately stark EP that effectively communicates the band’s bleak musical message while inducing a gloomy sort of trance onto the listener.
But even with all the sparseness and repetition found on Soil, the EP still manages to have some very memorable moments and riffs, something that is sometimes lost in music that utilizes these elements. Some of more notable of these moments include the outro riff to the opening track “Elusion” and breakdown in the following track, “Nighttime Serenity.” -Ben Fitts

Band lineup:
Dawid: Vocals
Paweł: Bass
Kamil: Guitars
Michał: Guitars
Kamila: Drums

Track list:
1. Elusion
2. Nighttime Serenity
3. Seven

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