Tuesday, August 22, 2017
God Root: Salt and Rot (2017)
This is just a four-song EP, but it clocks in at just over 30 minutes. I tried to keep an open mind, but after the first track was nearly six minutes of occasional drumming and meandering chords, things were not really looking too promising. The second song started off well, but then eventually tailed off into the same guitar dissonant chord progressions, with shouted vocals. The sound is definitely sludgy and eerie, but it is simply not doing enough to keep my interest. The drumming is probably the highlight of the album, with some interesting complex rhythms. The atmosphere definitely has a creepy vibe due to the dissonance and shouting, but there are no real riffs through most of the album and the songs mostly wander from movement to movement without a lot of structure. That is likely the idea, and while it may appeal to a number of people, it is simply not for me. The third track is mostly distortion and feedback picking up where the end of the second track left off, along with some drumming. The final track is a slow burning ramp up into loud feedback and shouts. It is probably the most interesting track here, but it too is mostly devoid of riffs until closer to the end.
Ultimately, post-metal simply does not do enough for me. I suppose if you like Neurosis, you will likely enjoy this EP. I personally never understood the love for Neurosis, so I do not personally care for this one.