Over the past few years, post-metal has become one of my favorite metal subgenres due to the fact that there is so much you can do with the music. I am always on the look out for my next post-fix and I hope you are as well, because I’m here with the hook up today. We at Everything Is Noise couldn’t be more ecstatic to premiere the lead single, “Epigenesis”, from The Kompressor Experiment‘s new album, Ebb & Flow.
I find that a good metric for determining the quality of a post-metal band is simply by seeing which continent that they are from. I say that as European post-metal is in a league of its own; consider bands like Cult of Luna, The Ocean, Psychonaut, Amenra, DELUGE, and Rorcal just to name several household and lesser known but equally worthy names. The list is seemingly endless as I could be here all day talking about post-adjacent bands but we aren’t here to talk about all these amazing bands. We’re here to add yet another to the list and that is The Kompressor Experiment, right out of Switzerland.
The Kompressor Experiment are an instrumental group crafting exceptionally fine music that is grand in artistic scope. It wouldn’t be farfetched whatsoever to call their music cinematic as it is exactly that. You could call it a coincidence (not really) as this group put a post-metal twist on the soundtrack to Stanley Kubrick‘s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Cinematic is the name of the game with The Kompressor Experiment and they channel that energy into their original compositions as well with “Epigenesis” being a sublime example.
As if The Ocean and Psychonaut didn’t write these larger-than-life songs already, The Kompressor Experiment expand on that faithful post-metal formula and take it to new heights (so larger-than-larger-than-life life?). “Epigenesis” shows the band flexing their progressive metal chops alongside the subtle embellishments that come in the form of tender piano and luscious synthesizers. The track starts off so beautifully with the gorgeously alluring piano and the warm synths setting the stage alongside the drum groove. The clean guitars slowly come in to add some more texture to this already rich sonic landscape, but as the song culminates towards its final moments, absolute chaos ensues with musical catastrophe. From soaring guitar melodies to stank-face inducing riffs, it has everything you could want from a filthy metal track, all on top of the serene musical backdrop that lingers throughout its entirety.
If any of the artists on Pelagic Records tickle your fancy, then you’ll definitely want to stay in the loop when it comes to The Kompressor Experiment. Their upcoming record, Ebb & Flow, drops on April 9 via Sunday Fog Records. Swing by their Facebook and Bandcamp pages so that you stay on the loop regarding any news! If pre-ordering is your thing, let me be your digital guide; click here!