Distributor/Label: Crowquill Records
Distributor/Label URL: http://crowquillrecords.com/
Buy Album: http://crowquillrecords.com/products/531497-oecist-xviii-liii
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/oecist
1 – Awake, Breathe In
2 – A Faint Echo of a Past Life
3 – Self-destruct, Re-build
4 – The Unknown is Inviting
5 – I Still Dream
XVIII LII is the debut EP of San Antonios Oecist. Texan multi instrumentalist BJ Diertes brings us five tracks of uncompromising post-metal in what looks to be a prelude to a full album some time next year.
It all starts with “Awake, Breathe In”. This is a tantalising intro to the EP as a whole. It has a dark and brooding opening that kicks into life half way through the track before giving way to some serious riffage. It is full steam ahead from here with the tracks that follow powering ahead in similar fashion as Diertes delivers this interesting take on the post-metal genre.
The distortion on the guitars give the EP a menacing and sinister tone that grabs you and keeps your attention throughout, which is not easy with instrumental music. Teamed with the pulverising percussing section, this EP has a truly grand and atmospheric sound.
As we reach the penultimate track, “The Unknown is Inviting”, we find something similar to the opening song.
After it slows to a crawl in the mid section, it burst back to life again and blasts forward to a raucous and hang banging end. “I Still Dream” is the ideal way to bring proceedings to a close. It build and build and continues to build to its conclusion in epic fashion, as has been the custom throughout this excellent debut.
Fans of bands like Pelican and Cloudkicker should certainly find this appealing, as I have. BJ Diertes is heading in the right direction with Oecist and I hope it continues into a full release some time next year.