Thursday, July 26, 2018
Magnatar - The Trail (2018)
When I first heard Magnatar's release "Vulgar" I was definitely anticipating a follow of some kind, but I didn't realize it would happen so soon! Even though this is only 12 minutes long, it's worth every bit of those 12 minutes. "The Melting Skin of My First Born Son" starts out with this wall of drone that ripples and swirls while the vocals roar and the drums crash like thunder. A perfect storm of Sludge Doom follows which culminates into a down pour of some serious ultra heavy riffage.
When we move into the second part of "The Trail" we hear the band change gears for the song "Markhor", and it definitely has an etheral vibe to it. While the riffs are lighter than the first song it still has a heaviness that's carried over transplanting this song in Post Metal territory. It's almost as of these songs are on two ends of a spectrum to showcase what it is exactly this band is trying to put out in the world. It's a departure from "Vulgar" for sure minus the crushing heavy parts, but I hope this is a sample of what's to come, and Magnatar builds a bridge between these two songs to create crippling Sludge that expands beyond its limitations within the genre. It was short but I really dug it! Highly recommend! -Samir