Bandcamp Undercover: Aprilmist – Remembrance

Aprilmist

Being a fan of extreme metal can certainly broaden your vocabulary. Missouri metallers Aprilmist could easily define their sound as “ethereal” metal. To round it all, their second EP is actually titled “Remembrance,” a title that, in some way or another, screams “ethereal.” It brings two, relatively lengthy, songs packed in something less than 20 minutes.

The music here treads that blurry line between slow-to-mid-tempo black metal, doom metal and progressive/post-rock. Whichever of these is more apt, all of the requisite parts are incorporated: big, imposing riffs, larger-than-life atmospherics, captivating lead guitars and deep, powerful, despairing screams. This may not be completely original, but Aprilmist have taken the best of bands that are the leading players within the genre and made it their own.

The compositions and songwriting on Remembrance is professional, it’s as if the band has been doing this for many years, but still there is a lot to improve.

Aprilmist - RemembranceAfter the short atmospheric prelude in “Swirling Gaze,” the song continues to a paved path bringing up to mind a great mixture of Swedish and Norwegian black metal.

One the other side, “One Last Time” has a doom-ey ring to it, but it doesn’t take long for it to fly back into the black metal territory. The lead guitar is again a thing of the apocalyptic journey, with chugging riffs, melodic solos, screeches and growls. Heavy, melodic, slow, fast(er); the song has it all in perfect harmony. With no superlatives left, that seems a good place to stop.

Summing up, this is without doubt one of the most exciting new bands to appear in recent years, and that’s up against some great prospects. Remembrance may be an EP, but with two lengthy tracks it’s a generous one and the songs are so good that it fully deserves full marks. If they can follow this work of genius with a full album of similar quality, they’ll very quickly find themselves among the metal elite.

Get the EP from Bandcamp, and follow Aprilmist on Facebook.

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