Album Review: Farer — “Monad”

Every so often, an album comes around that seems hell bent on breaking all the rules.  Metal is no stranger to this, and even in a genre where the rules are played exceptionally fast and loose, we’ve seen lots of innovation in arrangement, songwriting and instrumentation.  Sometimes this innovation is simply doing what’s least expected for its own sake, but sometimes it comes from a place that is truly inspired, seemingly beamed into the world as an already conceived idea flowing out of a human vessel.  Enter Farer and their truly unique debut Monad.

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Initial Descent: October 2 – 8, 2016

Meshuggah
Meshuggah

 

First full week of October is upon us and, in case you missed it, there’s a hurricane that has ripped a swath of destruction everywhere it has touched. Our hearts and thoughts are with everyone that has been affected by this. But thankfully it’s moving on, so GOOD RIDDANCE to Matthew. Now, onto Initial Descent. Which means new metal by the truckload. Actually this week isn’t quite as stacked as previous weeks but what it lacks in quantity it makes up for in quality. We’ve got Meshuggah‘s The Violent Sleep Of Reason which has a more organic sound to it but nonetheless as alienesque as they’ve ever been, Gatecreeper have released their debut Sonoran Depravation which is arguably the catchiest death metal of 2016, Endalok is terrifyingly atmospheric on their black metal album Englaryk, Ortega gives us a fantastic doom album in Sacred States and Swampcult dedicates the entirety of their latest dark doom album The Festival to the H.P. Lovecraft short story of the same name (it translates very well in case you were wondering). Those and many more await after the jump. Continue reading