Pasadena trio BisonWAR are in interesting territory on their self-titled debut. BisonWAR is a dark album, not least implied by its eerie artwork of a twilit winter forest, but it is not an aggressive album. Like a handful of other math rock greats, the likes of Ativin and Town Portal, the band explore heavier terrains but without diving completely into the metal tier.
Alright, this came out last month but I didn't want to let it go under the radar. Riding Pânico's latest endeavour is pleasantly contemplative, but also packs a secret punch to it, draping you in dreamy, curious atmospheres only to slowly hit you with a gut-felt heaviness indicative of their sludge/stoner roots...
As post rock steadily descends into the maelstrom of predictable minor chord progressions and prosaic crescendos, it's always refreshing to see a shiner in the rough. A glimmer of hope for an unfortunately diluted genre.
Much to my surprise my favorite instrumental Torino-based mathrock act Marmore, brings monolithic guitars that make the Piemonte shake! “And So It Was You From Afar!” begins the epic 4 song album. Bass lines that glacial melts are thunderous calamities.
Being predominately loop based, guitarist frontwoman Kim drives the groove with looped guitar melodies stacked atop each other, slowly build a soundscape of mathy and hypnotic rhapsody, with Kim's guitar lines interlayered between Evan's tactical polyrhythmic-rich drumming.