Distributor/Label: Third I Rex
Buy Album: https://3rdirex.bandcamp.com/album/post-glacial-rebound
Band Website: https://demetrasinedie.bandcamp.com/
Adriano Magliocco, bass, synths
Marcello Fattore, drums
Marco Paddeu, vocals, guitars, Korg MS20
1. Stanislaw Lem
2. Birds Are Falling
5. Eternal Transmigration
7. Post Glacial Rebound
The Genoans are back after a fair lapse in musical output, as it has been 6 years since 2012’s sophomore release in ‘A Quiet Land Of Fear’. The three piece outfit have got seven new tracks which look to bring the band back from the abyssal gloom of absence and back into the light. Well, maybe not the light as this music is pretty dark at times, and rightly so. The band have worked hard over the course of a decade and beyond to refine their sound and bring us to this point now where ‘Post Glacial Rebound’ rebounds for the band with some face melting music.
This album has an abundance of the haunting spaces of music that were apparent throughout their previous records. There’s plenty of texture to the music, with a bounty of dissonance, as the band pushes towards these awkward realms of sound. One of my favourite aspects are the drums from Marcello Fattore who excels in driving the tracks forward with poly-rhythmic flair. The way in which he pounds out the rhythm in ever expanding shapes really captures your attention. The rhythm section really steals the show with Adriano Magliocco providing the pulsing bass lines which add an element of filth throughout, especially when considering tracks like ‘Gravity’.
The clean vocals have definitely improved from the first two efforts as Marco Paddeu seems to have nearly mastered the elocution required for his vocal style to match the music. However, it kind of drifts a bit during ‘Lament’ but in this song we get some of the black metal inspired elements that the band speak of. I wasn’t too impressed with their last effort in comparison to the first as the production took a nose dive, but on their latest effort they have rekindled their attention to detail and brought back some clarity from the depths. The levels are just where you’d want them. The electronic parts accentuate the eeriness of the music and heighten the atmosphere, building tension as the band take their time to expand to a point of no return. The Rubicon would have been nothing to these Italians, they may have just took their time getting to it.
Altogether, the band’s third effort stands separate from the rest of their discography but also tall whilst casting a shadow over the others. They have improved in many areas whilst still retaining a core element of their sound. The music is constructed so as to crawl and spread slowly but no less malignantly all the same. There’s no quarter given at the end as you notice that ‘Post Glacial Rebound’ is full of all the doom, sludge, darkness and gloom you could need to take you onto the black beyond.