Hailing from the UK, today we have Telepathy and their crushing release “Tempest”. Mixing elements of Post-Rock/Metal with Sludge and a few other influences, the band manages to release a triumphant album that will put them on the spotlight right next to outfits like Cult of Luna, The Ocean, and Tides from Nebula.
Setting the mood with “First Light”, the band really showcases its riffing capabilities with the tense “Smoke from Distant Fires”. In this track we have a slow progression that weaves back and forth between Post-Metal and Post-Rock soundscapes. The drumming even reaches some Black Metal-esque passages that are actually quite fitting with the music’s direction.
Cranking up the level of intensity, “Celebration of Decay” punishes the listener with heavier riffs and massive drums that bring back some found Neurosis memories. The album takes a more mellow and yet darker turn with the lush evolution of “Echo of Souls”, a complex piece filled with brilliant ideas and expertly executed. With more Black Metal-ish intensity, “Apparition” is a very unusual piece that attempts to blend two contrasting genres in a very unique way, but ultimately decides to keep things straight forward and very atmospheric.
As one of our favorite tracks, “Hiraeth”, is a 7-minute crushing epic that is full of brilliant headbanging moments and complex guitar melodies. The bass guitar’s intensity in this piece makes it even more appealing as it rattles your speakers from start to finish. The bands experimental nature continues with the intense riffing of “Water Divides the Tide”, another extremely interesting track that blends styles and levels of melancholy.
Closing with the superbly atmospheric and moody “Metanoia”, we are left very impressed with the wide variety of ideas that Telepathy combines in this release. Not being just another Post-Meta band, this UK outfit focuses on pushing the boundaries and delivers a very unique release that fans of the genre shouldn’t miss. If you like Post-Metal and are tired of all the copycats these days, be sure to check “Tempest” and be prepared to be blown away.
|Album: Sirens & Slumber
Label: Golden Antenna Records
Release: March 31st, 2017