Latitudes: Individuation

Haunting Herts crew put themselves on the post-metal map

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Whilst Neurosis, Isis and Cult Of Lunawillstandthetestoftime, the success of post-metal in the new millennium has led to a saturation of haunted men with beards shouting over ambient drones and never-ending riffs. Latitudes prove there is hope yet.

The opening synth rumble of Hyperstatic Forge evolves into an acid-marinated trip through dreamy landscapes, with a sense of urgency rarely found in post-progressive realms. Soothing falsetto vocals from ex-Eden Maine man Adam Symonds are used subtly on certain tracks to add cracks of human fragility within a mass of otherwise instrumental textures, furnishing the grandiose build-ups and sludgey atmospherics with phosphorescent beams of spectral light that shimmer above the spacey winds.

The solid craftsmanship of songs like Vortice Of Malady and Shapeshifting benefit from production work by Chris Fielding (Napalm Death, Electric Wizard), who captures the band’s essence with just the right amount of grit to leave space within the dynamic range where needed. Individuation might not be particularly groundbreaking, but it certainly sounds big.

Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences. He's interviewed everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handling lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).