Ottawa three piece Alaskan are back with yet another dose of atmospheric post metal to feast upon. The band have again enlisted the talents of Topon Das at Apartment 2 Studios, who also twiddled the knobs on The Weak and the Wounded (2010) and Adversity; Woe (2011). So how does Despair, Erosion, Loss measure up against previous Alaskan releases? Well, firstly the production is considerably better on DEL. There is also the addition of strings throughout the record. The artwork is cold and eerie photography of a derelict building is provided by Niki Feijen. That is not to say that the older work is poor. In fact, newcomers to the band are strongly advised to delve deeper into their catalogue of work as they have consistently released strong material since their inception. Tracks of note include ‘Inferno’, which is an anger fueled, unrestrained and highly charged eruption of sound. Incidentally you can also check out the official video for the track here. Elsewhere the violin tinged despair provided by Mark Molnar on ‘Guiltless’ adds something extra to this release. The Canadians have recently visited mainland Europe in support of this release. Unfortunately there has been no UK dates. Let’s hope they stop here next time. Until then, why not download the album through their BandCamp page here?
Gary (Guitar & Vocals), Scotty (Drums), Cory (Bass & Vocals).