Kehlvin – Orchard of Forking Paths

Top-notch post metal that feels a lot like Callisto’s True Nature Unfolds (I’m still waiting for ANY band, Isis excepted, to write a song that encapsulates post-metal as perfectly as Callisto’s Blackhole).

A nice alternative to the many darker sludge-based offerings that have carried the genre’s flag for the past few years. The massive natural force of OoFP’s slow rhythms is leveraged for passages that feel positively inspiring. And sometimes releases to peaceful moments. The structural iteration of the songs is addictive and hypnotic in exactly the right way.

If you want to feel like you were transported back to 2004, the golden age of the genre, pick this up!

Putiferio – Lov Lov Lov

It’s hard to describe the sound of any noise rock outfit without just saying “lol its noise rock.” And its no easier with Putiferio. Think of the sophisticated, positive sounding math-rock of Tera Melos, but tinged with dirtier distortion and highly emotive, sometimes raspy sometimes almost-screaming vocals reminiscent of Carey Mercer (of Frog Eyes & Swan Lake).

There are also moments of strong At The Drive In resemblance, and some experimental but highly structured stuff in between the post-punk post-hardcore space, where I could again insert some comparison if I hadn’t already maxed out my band reference quota for this review.

Rather than these characteristics coming together to form one continuous sound or style, it’s more like one aspect of the Putiferio personality lurching forward to carry the song for a moment, that then gets carried away to take on a new identity.

And beyond the sound itself, it’s the kind of, evolving, ramshackle structure which organizes the sound that makes this album appealing. Bits of math-rock like noodling will become progressively punctuated by bombs of distortion which become the basis for a new rhythm. Or, as on the track Hopileptic, the song starts “normal” but breaks down into a warbling, mutating guitar distortion, backed by violin straight out of Devil Went Down to Georgia and drums that sound like they’re falling down the stairs.

Still, there is never a loss of momentum or meaning even between very unlike passages. There is a sense that the riff always means something, is always making a statement. Maybe like how a dog knows that human words mean┬ásomething without knowing exactly what. And that’s as it should be- experimental music isn’t necessarily about getting rid of structure, but creating new ones that exist on completely unique terms. Putiferio is triumphant on this score.

The last thing I’ll say is, while it’s experimental, the music itself is not quite as infuriated or teeth gnashing as Comity- which could also be categorized as experimental noise music. Putiferio is much closer to post-punk than post-head trauma-core or whatever. No go and listen!