26 Oct 2022 - Thorsten
Post-Metal | Consouling Sound | Release date: 21 Oct 2022 | Favorite song: Voertuig der Verlorenen
Seldom has there been an artwork for a cover whose hidden connections with the music behind it are more intricate than Manuel Tinnemanns’ only seemingly simplistic cover for the new record by the Dutch post-metal masters with maybe the most confusing name this side of LLNN: GGU:LL
The artwork is perfectly fitting because of many aspects:
But not enough of the parallels between artwork and music, otherwise I might forget to tell you about the perfection with which the band has incorporated some tiny details like the fine, pearly synths which are woven into the fabric of some songs, like the opener, where they are hidden behind the slowly ascending riffing. You might notice the somewhat tribal-like, full-bodied drum parts that are highly reminiscent of bands like Neurosis or Ufomammut, you can hear that best at the beginning of the final track ”Voertuig der Verlorenen”. One should pay attention to the ominous ways they use to shift paces and tempi, sometimes with the help of guitar riffs and melodies, just listen to the beginning of ”Stuip” when the drums are mid-tempo but the guitars are dwindling deeper and faster until they adjust to the drums, just before they start blowing the sails on the deep dark ocean.
If you in any way like bands like Ufomammut’s version of doom, or Postvorta’s idea of ambient, or Void of Sleep’s notion of post-metal – then this record should be adopted into the loving arms of the fold. And once again – what a great artwork for a great work of art! Thanks GGU:LL, thanks Manuel!