AVAST ME HEARTIES! No, this is not pirate metal, despite the name. In fact, avast is simply a naval term meaning stop, as in stop rowing etc. This Avast are a Norwegian blackened post metal/shoegaze type outfit whose debut self titled EP was released at the start of April.
Opener ‘Declare’ is a powerful, surging tide of visceral black metal , backed up with a soaring soundscape of post metal atmospherics. The vocal shrieks are classic black metal, and when the quieter moments occur they help build to the next crushing crescendo. Imagine Wolves in the Throne Room spending time writing with Isis and My Bloody Valentine and you’ll have a rough idea.
Avast don’t merely just choose three styles like that and stick them together. The intensity of black metal weaves its way into the dynamic post metal riffs, and there is an inherent ‘fuzziness’ that the shoegaze influence brings. ‘Fire and Ice’ builds from a quiet but sharp riff, with a layer of fuzz coating the insidious melodies. Like all good post metal bands, it builds not only a sense of power but of emotion. This self titled debut is one of the best things I’ve heard this month, a record that infuses their Norwegian black metal heritage into something more dynamic, and more open. Avast are one to watch.