Post-metal is a tough genre to “get”. It features the song structures of post-rock with the occasional outbursts of progressive metal, and it’s not usually full of sing-a-long choruses. What draws listeners to the genre is often different for each individual, but most often post-metal songs marry the beauty of post-rock with the brutality of metal. The songs are often moving and captivating. Chicago’s own BEAK is ready to lay their claim as the next great post-metal band. While there aren’t a ton of “new” or “ground-breaking” ideas on this, their debut EP, the product BEAK has released will easily serve as a testament to the talent and songwriting prowess the band has. Each song is carefully crafted to maximize the highs and the lows, and the listener is appreciative of that fact. And while there are no clean vocals, there is enough melody to differentiate each song from the other. At only five songs and twenty-five minutes, the short duration is the biggest complaint about the album. The beautiful cover art and the quality songwriting are heavily in the band’s favor. For those that like the genre that was created by bands like CULT OF LUNA, NEUROSIS, and ISIS, there will be a lot to love about this EP. If the band is able to carry this momentum to their next release, it is possible that BEAK may be mentioned with new post-metal legends ROSETTA as a group that is carrying on the sound. – by Nicholas Senior
Recommended Listening: “Hands Collide” and “Men at Arms”
Release Date: April 3rd, 2012
In Conclusion: Fans of thought-provoking metal will find a lot to enjoy about this debut EP by post-metal band BEAK.