Horseback – Half Blood

Horseback is a experimental/doom/post-rock affair from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. I haven’t had exactly the sharpest eye on them but they have collaborated with a few great bands, like Pyramids and Locrian. They are currently signed on Relapse Records label, who has a bunch of great bands signed.

This is one interesting and exciting release! Half Blood sounds like a post-rock, prog-rock hybrid with a heavy dose of doom metal, all blended to create a monstrous, towering presence of  sublime atmosphere. Imagine, if you will, the sweeping and grandiose melodies of a classic prog or psychedelic band like Deep Purple, channeled through the modern style and composition of post-rock, with a sprinkle of doom and you’ve got the latest album of Horseback!

Everything in the album fits and nothing feels out of place, even the unfortunately kind of terrible last song… Hallucigenia III: The Emerald Tablet just doesn’t quite fit with the rest of the album, it’s a very repetitive song, instrumental and has one of the most excruciating drum loops of any albums I’ve heard. I can listen through the entirety of Genghis Tron‘s Dead Mountain Mouth(Epeirogenesis) and not get crazy, but Hallucigenia III just gets on my nerve… Perhaps it’s because Horseback manages to make such a brilliant song as Arjuna, but decides to end the album on such a crap song as Hallucigenia III…

Crap ending nonetheless, listen to this album, or be square!

I. Mithras
II. Ahriman
III. Inheritance (The Changeling)
IIII. Arjuna
V. Hallucigenia I: Hermetic Gifts
VI. Hallucigenia II: Spiritual Jerk
VII. Hallucigenia III: The Emerald Tablet



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