There has never really been a whole lot of post metal that has blown me away in my time as a metal head with the only real post experience I can recall from this year is Minsk’s “The Crash and the Draw”. Since the release of that album back in April I’ve been subconsciously looking for another album of the same genre to blow me out of the water. Much to my dismay, I haven’t had much luck. But after hearing about Wheelfall in a passing mention on various social media I took a chance to check them out and came across their brand new sludge/industrial/post metal “Glasrew Point” and it is so fucking far beyond anything that Minsk has ever done before that I still cannot believe it. This is easily one of the year’s best post albums, fuck that, it’s one of the year’s best albums, period.
Typically when I say that an album gives me the chills it’s because said record is so fucking good that it sends chills down my back or because the theme is so fucked up that it even manages to scare me at how gruesome it is. In this case it is just the former of those two, but what really did that for me was the bone chilling atmosphere that persists throughout all of “Glasrew Point”. Over an hour long of just eerie and yet beautiful metal, Wheelfall creates a magnificent blend of metal that is completely unprecedented and is staggering even at its least impressive moments. The eerie atmosphere of post metal that sounds like you are being chased through the misty woods in the dead of night by some ghoul you cannot see, only sense. The technicality of industrial metal that really gives “Glasrew Point” an interestingly heavy kick to it that should be familiar to all metal heads but it still has a fresh feel to it. Then the vocals coming storming in with a true sludge metal vocal style that somehow fits amazingly well with the rest of the bands as it adds a good bit of grit into the mix that makes “Glasrew Point” all the more entertaining. It is this very strange mix of distinctly different genres that makes Wheelfall all the more impressive because they have managed to form an incredible album combining genres that anyone else has rarely dreamed of. There’s magnificence in the simplicity here, and while that sounds like not a lot it goes a very long way, I promise you.
If you are not committed to taking at most 90 minutes out of your life to listen to the marvel that is “Glasrew Point”, then you need to get your musical priorities straight. This is the album of all post metal albums without a doubt, and one of the best albums of 2015 overall as I said earlier. Wheelfall has created an innovative, astounding, one of a kind album that isn’t likely to have such competition of its creative caliber for some time to come. “Glasrew Point” is some of the best that metal has given us this year, and if you are looking for a real gem to end the year on the please look no further than the spectacle that is Wheelfall.
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