The Bigger stuff

Message from a listener to "Mama Forest," a  twenty-eight minute song from an album about death and destruction to be released later.
 

"Holy crap … I sat with this production today.

I’ve decided that I’m going to take this piece into Hades with me. It’s work that I have been putting off for a while. There has been a facet missing from the entrance to Hades for me, and I believe you just gifted me with that. 

I’m afraid, but I’m going to go anyway because I have a calling to do so… and have for a while now. 

I listen to 10 minutes of it with my eyes closed today, and it took me to a place that exists in its raw energy, and yet I have never explored it. 

Thank you?, may be premature is stating so, but I’m confidant I’ll rise on the other side a completely-different-person. 

I love you so much and thank you for sharing such a deep part of yourself.

Ps - The vocals are awesome"  -- Tiffany Millerbis, Massage therapist

What is avant-garde metal?

"Avant-garde metal, also known as avant-metal or experimental metal, is a subgenre of heavy metal music loosely defined by use of experimentation and characterized by the use of innovative, avant-garde elements, large-scale experimentation, and the use of non-standard and unconventional sounds, instruments, song structures, playing styles, and vocal techniques. Avant-garde metal is influenced by progressive rock and extreme metal, particularly death metal, and is similar to and often overlaps with the similarly experimental progressive metal genre. Some local scenes include Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, and Seattle in the United States, Oslo in Norway, and Tokyo in Japan." --  Music Fandom Wiki

 

The term avant-garde metal refers to bands and musicians who "incorporate new and innovative elements in metal, who break conventions, tear down walls, violate borders." The genre has also been described as "the art of creating deep and strange atmospheres by experimenting with new instruments and sounds, strange vocals, unconventional song structures, rhythms and harmonies, unusual lyrics or uncommon artwork" or alternatively, "progressive, psychedelic, surrealistic, phantasmagoric, expressionistic, dissonant or extravagant interpretations of extreme metal."'  -- Metal Music Archives

Let's take this further.

What is Post-Metal?

"DEFINITION OF POST-METAL: In its current format you could argue that post-metal is the antithesis of metal - it often ignores the riffs and solos of guitars, the theatrics of the performance are parred right back often to the extent of only back-lighting musicians. Right now we can describe post-metal as a meld of soaring dynamics, pulling at the heart strings, elegant and refined but raw and emotional at the same time. The focus is on the soul searching, the extent to which music can bridge the gap between the unknown and the tangible. Most modern post-metal is instrumental and uses vocals (either clean, unclean, distorted or true) to enhance the music, not lead the music. Songs are typically longer than average, with many songs lasting well over 8 minutes - allowing for concept albums to take form. 

I would argue that post-metal isn’t for everyone, nor is it always suitable everyday. It can be dark, black at times but that’s not to say there isn’t light and inspired hope running throughout the genre in 2019." -- Bro-Metal's What Is Post-Metal?

Bandcamp's A Brief History of Post-Metal by John Wiederhorn.

Last's Top Post-Metal Bands

 

What we have here is a rare Avant-Garde Post-Metal creature, rarely seen, but sometimes heard when one is closer than dream.