This was an exciting new discovery.
Post-metal. Somewhat the continuation of Doom-metal. The genre coined by Black Sabbath. Down-tempo, lots of distortion and noice.
This Canadian band gives a more melodic take on the extremly anciety-filled type of sound otherwise associated with band such as Amenra.
The largest difference is that À l’Ombre d’Héméra i using more textures similar to stoner-rock. For example En route vers le grand vide is driven by a short guitar riff drenched in fuzz, phasing and delay. The association to the older works of Mastodon is definetly here.
The EP is by all means good. I like the red-thread that goes through the EP and evolves and drives the underlying story quite nicely. Even though i can’t understand a word of what’s being sung.
The only thing i have to point out is that the vocals is somewhat to low in the otherwise good mix. The instrumentals is quite perfectly mixed and mastered for what they are trying to accomplish. But the vocals would need more effects to stand out more. They sound a bit thin at times. Some reverb, a short pre-delay and a tiny measure of distortion perhaps would have done much and would have made a good EP maybe a great EP. Just another layer of vocals sung in another pitch maybe could have made the vocals sound way more intense and brutal that they do now unfortunatly.
The guitars have a nice synergy and i really enjoy the “lighter” tapping parts that they often incorporate before every climax.
Some more work on the vocals in the future and the upcoming release could be really great. I am looking forward to more from this band.
To Sumarize. The instrumentals of this records are really good. The melodies of the vocals are drawing your in even though i can’t understand a word. But the overall mix between the instrumentals and the vocals don’t really match up. A new release with a better vocal-mix and mastering and i would probably put this EP on my “Frequently listen to”-playlists.
Listen to the EP on Spotify and buy it here : https://alombredhemera.bandcamp.com/album/en-route-vers-le-grand-vide