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  1. justin allen may
    Posted March 24, 2019 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    I can’t believe Amenra is not included on this list.

  2. Kelly Waters-Radcliffe
    Posted August 21, 2018 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    There might be some people scrolling around Bandcamp who remember aQuarius Records out of San Francisco. They’re now sadly defunct, though the digital age no doubt made it entirely untenable to sustain a brick and mortar store – particularly since its staff invested so much effort into their bi-weekly new release lists – an incredible, incredible resource for people interested in exploring music. I think the owners are still quite active in the music world and manage to continue to exert an undead written influence from beyond the grave over at: http://www.whydoyoulikeit.com

    Allan and Andee – and aQuarius – have a wide-ranging interest in music, but metal is definitely at the core of interest. And this brings me to my point – having spent a fair amount of time in the aQuarius lists, I have to say that I really appreciate these Bandcamp’s genre columns. Music grows octopoidally. Bandcamp isn’t aQuarius; it’s much, much larger, but also…like the Amoeba Records…almost too big to really navigate. But at least Amoeba is visible. The contents of the internet are not – not until people point to those contents. These columns help – thanks, Bandcamp!

    But, more to the point, although I’m not much of a metal head and most certainly defer to those genre librarians who’ve already commented, I feel compelled, having read an entry above mentioning ‘Nadja’, that somebody – SOMEBODY – has to speak out for The Angelic Process.

    I mean Holy Shit, people. The Angelic Process.

    Thank you for listening.

  3. Direksone
    Posted February 22, 2018 at 3:18 am | Permalink

    Cool article, but I do not agree with some things. This article combines Post Metal and a newer wave of music most commonly referred to as Blackgaze. Where Post Metal has its roots in Sludge, combining crushing slow riffs with fuzzy guitar sounds and growling vocals with ambient atmosphere and drones, Blackgaze combines the intensity of Black Metal and the more melodic, psychedelic Shoegaze. While a lot of the more modern bands in both genres clearly influence each other and borrow from each others sound, I do think that these two subgenres are distinctive from each other in a number of ways.

    On the Post Metal front big names have not been mentioned as it appears to focus on mainly American bands. Cult of Luna is a huge one, but also Amenra for instance. Russian Circles, anyone? All the aforementioned bands are clearly Sludge in their core, very different from the likes of Deafheaven or Wolves In The Throneroom. Also worth noting is that a lot of the Post Metal bands have their roots in (Post) Hardcore. Neurosis, Cult of Luna, Amenra and also Isis, as mentioned above. Sure the Black Metal bands mentioned within this movement are/can be influenced by this as well, but a lot of Post Metal/Sludge bands used to be in Hardcore bands/projects. Another cool band that has their roots in Hardcore and is more in the direction of Deafheaven, but a bit in between, is Oathbreaker, their latest release Rheia is insanely good.

    When we are talking about bands like Deafheaven why is their main inspiration not mentioned? The artist that created Blackgaze and it essential to this movement – Alcest. Neige from Alcest almost singlehandedly created this movement and a lot of bands from this movement are from Europe, France especially. Sure Post Metal bands also draw inspiration from Shoegaze, but the combination of Black Metal and Shoegaze is something Neige pioneerd with Alcest and Lantlôs, he was also involved with Amesoeurs, all early players in this movement.

    What is most important is that we all enjoy the bands and music listed in this article and in these movements, but I do think that there are big differences amongst them and can’t all be thrown under ‘Post Metal’, which is an ambiguous term as it is. If we discuss subgenres then I don’t think Deafheaven fits under the same subgenre as an Isis.

    Regardless, cool to have some focus of this niche of Metal.

  4. Teh Maz
    Posted August 11, 2016 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    y no if these trees could talk?

  5. Posted August 11, 2016 at 3:18 am | Permalink

    Great article, and fantastic to see this genre getting some love from Bandcamp.

    Our stuff straddles that post-rock and post-metal divide with tight songwriting and our latest stuff leans a little more into the post-rock camp.
    http://defytheocean.bandcamp.com

  6. Oliver
    Posted August 10, 2016 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    Awesome Article…checking out some of the bands for sure. Also love the comments, some great suggestions without trolls or douchy/snarky remarks.

  7. Posted August 10, 2016 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Brit band the Membranes were a big influence on Godflesh with their 1983 music like here… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQUA2gfqR1Y recently reformed the band have released an album with still great tracks like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kE9taFzaKx8

  8. Posted August 7, 2016 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    just sharing local heroes – one of my absolute faves.

    https://setandsetting.bandcamp.com/

  9. Posted August 7, 2016 at 7:31 am | Permalink

    For those concerned about Cult of Luna’s absence, maybe the release the author would have wanted to highlight isn’t available on BandCamp. CoL only have two albums on the site. Anyways, really cool article.

  10. sjroby
    Posted August 6, 2016 at 4:07 am | Permalink

    Nadja.

  11. jeff
    Posted August 5, 2016 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    The Ocean

  12. Robert
    Posted August 5, 2016 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    Actually the biggest reason why Cult of luna is often missed is because they are not from US, but Sweden..
    I remember old times when many people listening the the genre often called them “ISIS-ripoff”.. Everytime i heard that i was like “WTF? Isis and CoL started at pretty much the same time, and doesn’t even sound close to each other”.
    I would say Neurosis – Through Silver In Blood is the album that pretty much started the genre (although they were of course influenced by other bands) – and i know that CoL was influenced by Neurosis alot when they started, which Johannes also have said in some old interview.

  13. Posted August 5, 2016 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    Another huge up and coming you missed is We Lost The Sea out of Australia. Don’t miss them at Dunk next year!

  14. matt catling
    Posted August 5, 2016 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    Manchester’s Oceansize should be on the post metal history because they combined post rock, shoegaze, progressive/psychedelic rock, alternative metal and indie together into post metal

  15. Andreas Friberg
    Posted August 5, 2016 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    Good list but where are Cult of Luna?

  16. DV
    Posted August 5, 2016 at 6:30 am | Permalink

    I really like this article. I think that one of the things that is missing may be some of the earlier pioneers of the genre that would include bands with post-rock / post-metal leanings that came out of the “classic” 80s scene, and that no one would ever think to categorize in this category. Primarily, one album comes to mind (although I am sure that there are others that escape me at the moment):

    Fields of the Nephilim – Elizium; everyone would categorize this band as goth, but this album is so much more, with post/ambient blending with some cool metal riffing and somewhat harsh vocals, but on the dreamy side.

    Talk Talk, which basically defined pop rock along with many other bands from the era, changed their direction in latter part of the 80s, and on Laughing Stock, there is some pretty cool noise experimentation, but it’s really rock and not metal, so I am not sure if I would count that (in that case, you have to have Mogwai and countless other post-rock bands).

  17. Posted August 5, 2016 at 4:41 am | Permalink

    You forgot Russian Circles! And indeed Cult of Luna

  18. Posted August 5, 2016 at 2:29 am | Permalink

    Great article , important bands and soundtrack to my life literally. Good to see Tortoise here . Thank you

  19. Posted August 5, 2016 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    Excellent article! Found a few bands on here that I had not heard of, and I’m listening to them now. Makes me happy to see the post-rock/metal genres get some love.

    Anyone looking for more recommendations check out

    Cult of Luna
    Alcest
    Omega Massif
    Mouth of The Architect
    If These Trees Could Talk
    Fall of Efrafa
    Below The Sun

  20. Posted August 5, 2016 at 12:20 am | Permalink

    I miss a reference to the French circle around Amesoeurs, Les Discrets, and Alcest.

  21. Posted August 4, 2016 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

    What about Alcest or Klimt 1918?

  22. Mary M.
    Posted August 4, 2016 at 11:48 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for compiing this voyage. Many masterful milestones as far as the gerne goes! Lots of great music…!

    If you (and anyone) ever get the chance spend (at least) a couple of minutes listening to Universe 217 (GR). IMHO, one of the best of the local scene, with great potential!

  23. Posted August 4, 2016 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    Fantastic read. Found a lot of new bands to check out here.

    If you’re into Deafheaven/Wolves in the Throne Room/Cult of Luna side of things check out: https://underdark.bandcamp.com/

  24. Posted August 4, 2016 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    Yeah good article, but “Cult Of Luna” is really missing here, and “Regarde les Hommes tomber” too.

  25. James
    Posted August 4, 2016 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    Echoing what Diego said, Cult of Luna is one of the biggest, if not the biggest name in post metal right now. Their last couple of releases, Vertikal and Mariner, are phenomenal, from the dark, brooding atmosphere of the dark city to insane psychedelic extreme riffage from beyond the limits of space.. just a crazy good band

  26. Bather
    Posted August 4, 2016 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    Amenra kills all of these

  27. Brian Furlong
    Posted August 4, 2016 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    What about AcidKing from frisco , *shels & Light Bearer from the UK?

  28. Steambolt Tron
    Posted August 4, 2016 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    @Diego, I would probably agree that Cult of Luna is probably the biggest omission. That being said, they get lumped in a lot with Isis and Neurosis (despite each band having a distinct sound!) and I would argue they’re less influential than the others. They’re my favorite of the 3 for what it’s worth.

    For other visitors, some bands worth checking out:

    General sludge-influenced post-metal (from this list, closest to Isis): Cult of Luna, Rosetta, Mouth of the Architect, Battle of Mice, Latitudes, Blindead, Callisto, Latitudes, Mare, Inter Arma

    Instrumental post-metal (from this list, closest to Pelican & Year Of No Light): Russian Circles, Omega Massif, Tides, Red Sparrowes, Sannhet, If These Trees Could Talk, TESA, East Of The Wall,

    Black metal influenced post-metal (Closest to Wolves In The Throne Room & Deafheaven): Altar of Plagues, Bosse-De-Nage, Weakling, Ash Borer, Hope Drone, Downfall of Gaia, Krallice, Skagos, Panopticon,

    Screamo influenced post-metal & vice-versa (Not directly comparable to anything on this list, Deafheaven is often said to have a screamo influence in their vocals and clean sections): Envy, Amenra, The Pax Cecilia, Celeste, Daitro, Pianos Become The Teeth, Circle Takes The Square, Barrow, City of Caterpillar

    Post-Rock that can arguably be called metal (lots of overlap with the instrumental category above): *shels, A Swarm Of The Sun, Set And Setting, Long Distance Calling

    Other relevant bands I would like to mention but might not fit neatly in any category here: Fall of Efrafa & Light Bearer, Reka, Oathbreaker, The Ocean

  29. Posted August 4, 2016 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    Wow, thank you guys for this great article.
    Concerning Year of No light, i’d also suggest the 2013 album “Tocsin” , which is a total masterpiece in my opinion.

  30. Deebo
    Posted August 4, 2016 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    Great to see an article written about this genre, definitely a couple of bands I haven’t listened to on this list which I will be checking out.

    But I agree with Diego – Cult of Luna should be high on this list as they are probably one of the biggest and most important current Post Metal bands going around.

    I also love other post metal bands like Rosetta, If these trees could talk, Jakob, Sannhet, Minsk, The Ocean, tesa, Sumac and even This will destroy you could be put on this list.

    I think bands like Swans and Slint are also apart of the pre post-metal movement.

    I did find it interesting that Russian Circles who along with Pelican are probably the biggest instrumental metal bands were not mentioned – especially since they are releasing a new album tomorrow.

    which by the way is amazing, check it out here:

    http://noisey.vice.com/blog/russian-circles-guidance-stream

  31. Scott G
    Posted August 4, 2016 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    For more great post-rock give Toundra(Spain), If These Trees Could Talk(Akron, OH), and Native Daughters(Denver, CO) a listen.

    Toundra- Medusa, Zanzibar, Cielo Negro, Bizancio, Strelka
    ITTCT- The First Fire, Earth Crawler, Solstice, From Roots to Needles
    Native Daughters- Two Princes

  32. Posted August 4, 2016 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    Such a fantastic well-written article. Great to see several of my favourite bands (Isis, Agalloch, Harakiri For The Sky, and Deafheaven), as well as the introduction to a few I haven’t had the privilege of listening to yet.

    I’ll be bookmarking this, and sharing it on my various social media accounts. :)

  33. Posted August 4, 2016 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Great bands all here,but IMO there is a big name missing here, Cult of Luna. One of the most important names of the subgenre

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