More of that West Yorkshire ambient-drone-and-more goodness from A-Sun Amissa on Gizeh! Ceremony In The Stillness is the project’s perfectly named fourth full-length, and as well as those deep dark smooth atmospheres, it also features both thick riffs and actual drums in a few places, bringing another angle into the Amissa world. A very atmospheric record.
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Pals of the pennines Gizeh Records release another LP by their house band, A-Sun Amissa. I’m personally always a fan of people seasoning their post-rock broth with a bit of doom metal, and these lot are one of the best bands for it. On ‘Ceremony In The Stillness’, they continue to meld their crystalline guitar drift with distorted heft, creating a sound twinkly and tarnished in the vein of old faves This Will Destroy You and Russian Circles. It might sound nice and melodic, but guess what: it’s crusty as hell.
Richard Knox wanted to go deeper this time, and he seems to have achieved the cavern dive: the riffs feel stiller, bouncing back onto themselves as the post-rock dynamics stagger. The utilisation of dark ambient also feels more pointed: melding feedbacking guitar and processed shards, “With Wearied Eyes” opens as darkly plumbed depths, a corner from which there can be no return. Knox does a seamless job at reconciling this more formless side of his songwriting with his penchant for good guitar melody: the song finds itself without ever feeling like it did, sublimely segueing from its clatter into a structured whole.
Bands like this can easily go fallow: it’s easy to tread the post-metal path of our long-gone oughties, and do nothing particularly new with it. Knox’s approach looks to new ways to build that same ominous and cataclysmic sound, and in so doing he creates the best A-Sun Amissa record -- one of weighty texture and lamenting anthem.
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