RR12 Encircling Sea - A Forgotten Land
Formed in Australia in 2009, Encircling Sea is a four-piece band from Melbourne that combines elements of doom, black metal, and post-rock to create their own epic, sprawling, and beautifully atmospheric brand of metal. The band transitions seamlessly from one genre to the next in order to weave an intricate web of intense emotions about the reconnection to earth and the true meaning of home.
On March 1, 2013, Encircling Sea released their third full-length album A Forgotten Land on vinyl through Replenish Records. 100% of the proceeds from the digital downloads of the album will be donated to Still Wild Still Threatened at http://www.stillwildstillthreatened.org in order to help campaign for an end to industrial scale logging, the immediate protection of ancient forests, and the creation of an equitable and environmentally sustainable forestry industry in Tasmania, Australia.
"Australia’s Encircling Sea grafts earthy black metal themes and musical motifs onto a bedrock of lengthy clean doom structures and sweeping post-rock. So, while the band’s sound is altogether more lilting and pastoral than Wolves In The Throne Room, Agalloch, or Altar of Plagues, and not nearly so precious as the frenchy contingent of Alcest et al., these songs are new buildings with old walls. Ultimately, though, the quality of execution is so high that you just might like to make yourself a home here." LastRrites
"Australia's Encircling Sea is a band that few people have probably heard of, but they are certainly keeping the spirit of post-metal alive, and indeed could be carrying it to a whole new level. They have crafted an album worthy of our adoration - a true masterpiece. A Forgotten Land contains four songs and about 68 minutes of epic, sprawling and beautifully atmospheric metal. These guys play with more passion and heart than I could even imagine being able to muster up - A Forgotten Land is honestly one of the most intense sludge albums I've ever heard. It is a metal record, but the beauty and grandeur that characterize so much of the music makes it quite unusual. I'm very much in love with this record, and I think you will be as well." Hammer Smashed Sound
"Encircling Sea are Melbourne-based four-piece who play a progressive, eclectic
style of black metal incorporating elements of post-metal, noise, ambiance and,
surprisingly enough, folk. Its members have previously lent their talents
to the likes of Clagg, The Abandonment, In Trenches, and Whitehorse among
others. With A Forgotten Land, Encircling Sea manage to tread the valleys
between punishing heaviness, meditative calm and ethereal transcendence.
This is a sonic journey filled with emotional depth and progressive
instrumentation – an exceedingly ambitious concept, but flawlessly executed.
Consider me blown away. Essential for fans of Deafheaven, Year of No
Light, Alcest and anyone interested in intelligent, progressive, heavy music.
Do yourselves a favour and check it out."
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