Terraformer 'Mineral' 12"
records are pressed on purple with black splatter and orange crush vinyl (both 180g and limited to 150 copies each) and come in matte finished heavy 300g carboard covers. includes a download code
Mineral is the third record by Terraformer. Rather than a concept album, it’s an overall theme that frames the mind of the record. Doomy but still melodic. Expect epic climaxes, tearfull melodies, and heavyness. Unlike the artwork might warn you, it’s not prog/acid tunes escaped from the 70’s.
Recorded by Terraformer at the Warehouse
Mixed and mastered by Tobias Stieler. (Kokomo)
Artwork by Fabrice Bovy.
This album, their third, contains six heavy post metal anthems and takes you on a forty minutes lasting journey through soundscapes, distorted guitars and meticulous drums.
That being said, don’t let the cover art fool you. The drawing looks like a psychedelic rock album from the seventies but, instead of acts like Jefferson Airplane or Pink Floyd, expect something like Meshuggah writing a post rock album. I think that comes a lot closer to what I’m listening to right now. I know, it might be weird to compare this album to Meshuggah, but if you listen to the harsh, intense, “djenty” guitars on this one, you might understand.
Of course, the music on this album compares more to bands like This Will Destroy You, Russian Circles, Pelican, Isis and so on. With elaborate soundscapes, narrative musical passages and a cinematic atmosphere, Terraformer easily place themselves among the greats of the genre. Besides that, a track like ‘Adamantine’ thrives on these pungent guitar riffs, turning the post-rock sound into something your can brutally bang your head to.
‘Penelope’ is one of my favorite tracks on this album. Like most of the songs, this is a long, complex and intensely heavy anthem, loaded with these typical soundscapes and thriving on an immersive tempo. There is a hint of math rock and perhaps a dash of noise rock present, reminding me of A Place To Bury Strangers. Again, not a band name to be compared with I think. ‘Epoch’ eventually brings on the doom references, much to my delight.
But apart from all that comparing to other bands, I feel like Terraformer have found their niche within a genre where many bands are starting to sound alike. Maybe I can just go with the flow and categorize this under the new genre “post-djent”. I’m not saying that this is a unique album, but it is Terraformer at their very best. If you like heavy post-rock, you should give this a go. So in the end, again a Belgian band has started to climb into end-year lists.. I’m sorry for the rest of the world, but in 2017, the Belgian music industry is winning…