“Epic” and “cinematic” are some of the more cliche terms used to describe a piece of music. But in the case of Aprilmist’s second EP recording, Remembrance, these terms are more than applicable.
Following 2016’s sprawling, brooding Bleak, Remembrance shows this Missourian act pushing further and further away. Picking up where its predecessor left off, Remembrance continues to perfect the band’s stunning amalgam of black metal and post-rock, while still staying true to their progressive rock roots. The result is an emotionally palpable record full of thrilling sonic turns and stellar musicianship.
Remembrance officially takes off with explosive, atmospheric stampedes with “Swirling Gaze.” This eight-minute epic storms forth with tremolo-picked, black metal esque guitar riffs that are drenched in layers of snowy atmospheres, and are propelled by a pumping hardcore heart. Narrated by emotionally-charged screams, this highly-textural track cycles between frostbitten, ethereal blackened bliss and clean guitar-driven introspection, before concluding with a climax of post-hardcore splendor and proggy solo work.
Post-hardcore and black metal continue to collide on the second and last track here, “One Last Time.” Rampaging, melancholic chord progressions dash right out of the gate as virtuosic solo work and tremolo-picked melodies glide over the top of this dramatic tune. Just like its predecessor, “One Last Time” goes through many jarring twists and turns while still remaining fluid. Swirling gusts of atmospheric black metal will suddenly shift to crushing, metallic riffs accompanied by spiraling guitar leads, and chugging build-ups will break into serene post-rock interludes on the drop of a dime. Aprilmist succeed in crafting songs that will keep listeners thoroughly engaged throughout.
Although only two tracks, Remembrance provides “a lot” of grandiose, multifaceted pieces throughout its duration to keep listeners on the edges of their seats.
Aprilmist have created a truly sonically arresting EP that grabs listeners immediately and refuses to let them go. It’s all at once heavy, exhilarating, reflective and beautiful. It is arguably one of the more intelligent and well-written heavy records of 2017.
Remembrance is available here.