Written by Carcassbomb
- Post Metal/Doom
- Ravenna, Italy
- February 20th, 2019
Postvorta are a highly creative post metal band from Italy. I’ve been getting a lot of good promos from this region lately, typically in the wheelhouse of post and doom. Porrima releases on February 20th, 2020 via Sludgelord Records and I can safely recommend this to anyone with a love for long form metal with a patient sense of storytelling. Porrima unfolds over a series of audio plot developments that will keep you enraptured and ready for a second listen.
Accurately described as ‘cinematic doom’, Porrima is a movie length album featuring some highly experimental ideas. These fresh takes do wonders for the albums overall presentation and premise, it’s reminiscent of an Ulver concept album. Expect moments of ambience and even outright silence – this album works best if you just throw it on and let yourself zone in and out of the rhythmic story. Its is a fantastic post metal album at its core with huge peaks that utilize doom metal techniques, it’s an engrossing combination that works well as both setup and payoff.
It’s rare that I would say this about post metal but it would be too boring without the vocals. These vocals are really well executed and positioned, both the death growls and the operatic cleans from guest vocalist Francesca Grol contribute a lot to the soundscape. The way this album works is very much counter intuitive to the common album structure that we’ve all come to expect, even within the genre. This isn’t just a bunch of really long songs, they are compositions that demand to be listened to a certain way – usually with complete and utter leisure. This is a luxurious album to lie down with headphones and idly melt away.
Porrima will get a lot of play out of me because I always enjoy an album that can sedate me and stimulate my imagination at the same time. This joins the sacred collection of sleep and study albums that I keep coming back to like an addiction, albums like Endless by Holy Serpent and Terminal by Bongripper. If patience comes easily to you then this album doesn’t actually demand anything from you and instead gives so much – from every subtle turn to the surprisingly bombastic movements that reveal themselves masterfully.
Also the balls on this band to start their album with like three minutes of silence, it’s kind of brilliant when you put it on and forget about it. It’s a creeper that ends in a very serene post rock manner.
I pre-ordered the limited edition cassette just prior to publishing this. The limited pre-orders are available via Bandcamp.