Formed in Lyon in 2018, Quintessence hit the ground running, releasing their debut EP, Demain, après la Lune… in September of the same year. Their structured, methodical approach to song writing is immediately obvious, from the opening track, “Demain”, on their debut to the M87 demo song released in 2019, they weave patterns and tones into a series of dynamic musical passages that take you from the intricate to the raucous.
The duo demonstrate influences beyond post-music, with riffs and tones so clearly rooted in metal that they might as well wear a greasy denim jacket with “Anthrax” scrawled on the back. But this doesn’t define them. Those riffs work themselves around the melodies and bring grit to the gravy – a little bite to the apple. When the music falls away 2/3 of the way through “Libération”, it’s a metal-inspired tone that introduces the next passage, laying foundations for the tremolo-picked high notes to soar and wheel far above.
As of July last year, the band have been mooting a return to the studio to record their second EP. Perhaps they will incorporate some new songs into their set for Post.Lyon? You never know what might happen…
Lac are a three piece post-math band from Lyon, France. They released their debut album Vostock in 2018 which quickly established them as ones to watch in the math rock scene. They followed that up with their sophomore album Yolanda in March 2020.
Lac play a groove focused, more relaxed variety of math rock which sets them apart from their contemporaries. The music is instrumental and angular but not intimidating, indeed, it’s velvet smooth and pairs wonderfully with a lazy Sunday walk in the park. They prioritise art over fret board fireworks and imagination over technicality. Come and listen to Lac when they play Post.Lyon and let these musicians gently carry you away to more relaxing times, and let’s face it, these days, that’s exactly what we all need.
Lòdz were formed in Lyon in 2010 and the band name was inspired by the David Lynch film Inland Empire. One scene got the attention of the vocalist and guitarist in the band. He found out that the scene was filmed in the third biggest city in Poland, Łódź (pronounced “Wootch”). And this is how this atmospheric post metal band got their band name.
They released their first EP, And then Emptiness in 2012 clearly inspired by the sound of the Finnish band Ghost Brigade. Although Lòdz had their own take on the post metal music, one can regognize the the kind of soft and melodic take they had in their metal style, almost bordering to post rock. That might be because the drummer and the bassist had their background in post rock, while one of the guitarists and vocalist had his background in the heavy soundscapes of melodic metal. And what clearly separates them from other post metal bands is the range of the vocals. The vocalist sings in clear soaring vocals and he gnarls and growls.
In 2013 they released their first full length, Something in Us Died, where they ventured further into the soundscape of atmospheric post metal, but true to their post metal/rock roots. This one was mastered by Cult of Luna´s Magnus Lindberg, a band they are often compared to when describing their metal style (this writer think it is more fittingly to compare them to the mostly forgotten band Ganon from USA). This venture they more or less completed with their second full length in 2017 when they released Time Doesn´t Heal Anything. This album is darker then the previous releases, the post rock elements of their debut almost gone. That may be due to a new guitarist who joined. The guitars are atmospheric and heavy, the tracks are long - allowing the band to develop each song, building up the melodies often with surprising shifts. The bass lays the foundation and the drums adding a very dynamic feel to each track. They are working on a new album and that is something to look forward to.
When a band releases her debut-EP and it only features three tracks but over 30 minutes of music, then this can imply several things: Madness and Megalomania OR talent and knowledge.
Where Mermaids Drown showed on their debut album And The Raging Winds Do Blow, that came out a few weeks ago, that it is definitely the latter. The band shows a tremendous amount of talent when constructing their songs with a lot of wonderful atmospheric intros and soothing middle parts, well-embedded vocal samples and mesmerizing crescendos. The band reminds many people of other well-known Post-Metal acts such as Junius or Red Sparowes. Already the way they introduce themselves with gentle spirals of guitars and then change into a whole dynamic after roughly 6 minutes, the song not only gains momentum and speed but also a kind of metallic edge that really works well with the whole song. And when they start their epic album finale ”Brine Pool”, the audience witnesses a state-of-the-art rollercoaster ride up the waves and into the horizon, just beyond the buoy that we see on the cover of the record.
Where Mermaids Drown prove with every song that they are hands down one of the most exciting post-metal bands at the moment!
Alpha Du Centaure cannot be missed at this year’s Post Fest. The Lyon transplants have used 2020 as the year to refocus their creative drive and release Paralysis, one of the most fitting accompaniments to these uncertain, menacing times in which we live. And you can hear they’ve been working their craft. Recharged, Alpha smoothly folds the proggy shoegaze of their 2015 and 2018 EPs into the Black Metal leanings of their current outlook. Paralysis moved in a moody, dark direction, the material – as potent visually and viscerally, as it is sonically – dealt with “sleep paralysis, as well as threatening entities that inhabit the night and the nostalgia of your dreams.” The release was inspiring, foreboding, and righteous in turn, featuring forward drumming and layered guitar melodies building on spacious, salient melancholy and dread.
The inspirations kept coming in 2021 with the release of Pralysis: Variations. Alpha’s idea was to work with a variety of solo artists and co-conspiritors, who then took Paralysis to new spheres of possibility as they remixed and re-imagined the record to an absolutely stunning degree. It made perfect sense to take the concept of the album and hand it out as a sort of living story, for all perspectives to interpret. And the result, Variations, was a gorgeous eclectic, cinematic, twitchy, nostalgic and entirely unexpected take-2 on that fabulous album.
Alpha’s previous video work for “Le Mouvement Perpetual” and the film short of Noon’s Soudain le vide remix give hope that we might see some multimedia accompaniment to the festivities. Or something like it in the future, one would expect. Regardless, Alpha Du Centaure have a lot in store this Post Fest. Get psyched!