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Kauan: Pirut

The Russian/Ukrainian post-rock band re-explore their doom metal roots on their fifth album Pirut which was released in 2013.

The album is, in effect, one long composition divided up into eight parts, allowing the song to be distributed over eight tracks. Stylistically, we are dealing with a combination of sorrowful funeral doom and atmospheric post-rock. The doom metal sections are slow and heavy, but actually never dissolve into the that amorphous droning style that some funeral doom metal bands have adopted these days. On the contrary, Kauan do not stray far from the path originally paved by pioneering artists such as Funeral themselves, and the listener is treated to haunting and melancholic dirges in the form of slow guitar harmonies accompanied by atmospheric guttural vocals. It is the post-rock side to this album that provides the more atmospheric and amorphous contributions to the album, which even goes in a symphonic direction at times.

Fans of funeral doom and post-rock should definitely check out the piece of art that is Pirut. In fact, I think it would be a good entry point into funeral doom for fans of post-rock, who are interested in exploring more the dark landscapes of doom metal.

1. I (4:58)
2. II (4:41)
3. III (5:14)
4. IV (8:00)
5. V (4:57)
6. VI (3:31)
7. VII (4:07)
8. VIII (3:27)

Added: May 13th 2014
Reviewer: Kim Jensen
Related Link: Purchase Pirut via Bandcamp
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Language: english

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