Saarbruecken/Germany is home to an inspirational label by the name of Puzzle Records. Since 1995, the label has released a steady supply of DIY EPs and albums and grown in stature and popularity amongst its peers. One such release that gets my auricular juices flowing of late is Terraformer’s – The Sea Shaper. They are a two piece post rock act originating from Principauté de Lèige, Belgium. This is the second release and follow-up to the band’s self-titled debut of 2010. There is next to no singing on the sea shaper, it doesn’t need it. The music is more than capable of standing by itself. There are some truly great songs on The Sea Shaper, the glorious ‘Pieuvre Méduse’ has a beautiful flowing drum rhythm that sounds immense and intensifies emphatically. ‘R’lyeh’ is a healthy dose of post metal, whilst the uneasy fervour deployed on ‘Mers’ is yet another album highpoint. Twelve songs may not be traditionally associated with a full-length album in this genre. Then again, just two songs make it past the six-minute mark. ‘Anacharsis’ is a tide of unflagging grunge-tinged riffs that crash against the speakers doggedly before closing track ‘Glassy Sea’ samples some agreeable freight train sound drumming, like that of the great Bakersfield sound of the 1950’s. The Sea Shaper is currently available as a free download from the duo’s BandCamp page. If you like what you hear, why not show your support to Puzzle Records by buying a cassette version of the album here.
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