Friday 14 November 2014

ColumnIII - Forrotian


(Band Submission)

Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Sludge Metal, Noise Rock, Post Metal
For Fans Of: KEN Mode, Fight Amp, Old Man Gloom, The Body

ColumnIII are a band hailing from Tempe, Arizona who certainly live up to their bandcamp's page promise of 'NOISY ROCK'.
The four piece band play a brooding, progressive strain of sludge metal, steeped in dissonant atmospherics and glacial riffs. There's layers upon layers of sounds to pick apart here, but most notably there's an excellent interchange between the darker, noisier passages and some subtle, underlying melodic guitar and bass work. Forrotian also displays ColumnIII's multifaceted approach to songwriting - opening track Disdain is a more traditional sludgy post metal track, while Custom To Bury sits somewhere between angular noise rock and math rock. The title track itself is a more subdued affair with distant vocals and heavily delayed guitar lines mingling with a droning bass guitar.  Together it's 6 tracks of dark, heavy soundscapes interspersed with frosty melodies and stark quiet/loud dynamics.
Forrotian, along with three of ColumnIII's releases are available as pay-what-you-want downloads, the link to which you can find below.

1. Disdain
2. Chamber
3. Custom to Bury
4. Not to Preserve
5. Forrotian
6. Self-abasement


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