Show Me A Dinosaur’s sound has really evolved since their last album, “Dust” and they gave us a glimpse of their future when they released the “Vjuga” single. This vision of the future has become fully realized with the release of this self-titled album, and it is truly something special.
RELEASE DATE: 08 March 2016 LABEL: Self-released, Elusive Sound
Out now on digital, CD, and cassette through their Bandcamp, vinyl available September 16th via Elusive Sound.
A lot of people have very different feelings about black metal being mixed with post-rock, as evidenced by Deafheaven’s definitive album, “Sunbather” which has divided listeners right down the middle, hardly anyone has a middle-of-the-road take on it. I hope that open-minded listeners and hard-headed listeners alike will come together to appreciate the skill put into creating a masterpiece that skillfully blends post-rock and black metal.
In my opinion (and I am no expert in metal, by any means) I feel like the two genres in Deafheaven’s sound is like oil and water, they didn’t really merge. It just sort of switches between the two. Show Me A Dinosaur has raised the bar, and married the two into something I’ve never heard before. It has a lot of the characteristics from both genres at the forefront of their sound, but nothing gets muddled in the mix. The blast beats, frantic strumming with overdriven guitars, and the screams drowning in the noise dominate the sound, but the structure of the sound is signature post-rock, flowing riffs and swaying melodies, creating passages from one feeling to the next.
There are times when the black metal melts away to reveal a sound that we’re a bit more familiar with from Show Me A Dinosaur. They’re no slouch when it comes to metal, but they really hit their stride during their quieter moments. It’s important to live in the moment with this album, because you will be left wanting if you cannot follow the album and its flow.
Critically speaking, I have nothing to say. The production is top-notch, the mixing is everything I would hope for, and the sheer amount of skill that it takes to make something so cutting-edge is wildly impressive. Even the vinyl is getting the VIP treatment from Elusive Sound, who received nothing but rave reviews about their previous (and introductory) release for Glasir’s “Unborn” album.