Hæster • Bucephalas [Song Premiere]
Hæster is a new Belgian post-metal band composed of ex-members from e.g. Aborted and Death Before Disco. Their debut album, All Anchors No Sails, will be released October 12th on dunk!records (EU) and A Thousand Arms (USA) and features promising guest appearances by Brennt Vanneste (Steak Number Eight), Stefanie Mannaerts (Brutus) and Sven De Caluwé (Aborted). Have a listen to the song premiere of Bucephalas, featuring Sven De Caluwé.
Ghent’s Hæster was signed by dunk!records of the strength of a single live performance. Upon listening through their debut record All Anchors No Sails, there is nothing about this band that suggests that this is their debut material. Seething with sheer power and boasting a supremely confident sound, Hæster invites comparisons to metal behemoths such as Cult of Luna and Mastodon. But it doesn’t take much further examination to see their own unique elements seeping through the surface to set them apart. Bursts of organs and female vocals, disquieting vocal samples, guitar leads emerging to cut through the densely weighted riffs, patches of startlingly beautiful melody – all of these things combine to add surprisingly rich dimensions to All Anchors No Sails that help it differentiate and rise above the relentless one-dimensional assault that can sometimes characterize lesser post-metal artists. The songs on All Anchors No Sails have an uncanny tendency to keep it straightforward enough to successfully deliver the goods while layering in nuances and textural elements. Hæster’s debut album will undoubtedly draw in even the most discerning post-metal aficionados. — David Zeidler (Young Epoch)