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7 out of 10
Bleaklow reside beneath the heavy, looming shadow of ISIS. Their particular brand of post metal / rock bears some not inconsiderable resemblance to that genre behemoth, particularly around the Oceanic era - which is certainly no bad thing. Fortunately, whilst Bleaklow may craft the majority of their art with their main influences forefront in their minds, they are distant enough to step out from the shadows into the light.
The guitars in particular are very ISIS like - the riffs stem from Oceanic and perhaps Celestial, although the production is probably more similar to the Mosquito Control EP, being a little bit rough around the edges in places. This isn’t a problem though, as the clean melodic lines still stand proud of the fuzzy, distorted riffs. The biggest departure from ISIS is that Bleaklow are in fact an instrumental band and - I suspect - all the better for it. Although having no vocals means the music can feel a little bit lacking in focus in places, it allows the band to concentrate their efforts on the music, and I think the EP is all the stronger for it.
Definitely worth checking out for fans of ISIS, Old Man Gloom, Pelican, Cult of Luna etc.
1. No Shadows
3. The Belvedere
4. In the World to Come