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Post Luctum – ‘Acceptance’

Clawmaster Records
Swallow the Sun, Shores of Null, Rise To the Sky
Release Date
August 26, 2021
Clawmaster Records
Doom/Death Metal

It has been a while since I reviewed this type of Metal. As you may know, it’s not really my favorite, yet (almost) every time I play it, I am blown away by its grandeur and brutal fragility. Post Lutum (PL) understands this concept all too well. A one-man band/experiment/experience named Ian Goetchius, PL is an exquisite combination of Doom and the dire. A masterful melding of dark and light and tortured beauty, ‘Acceptance’ is tremendously effective.

Musically, it is perfect. Yes, I said it. Perfect. It is densely layered and oppressive, filled with achingly magnificent swells while simultaneously carving the soul. ‘Acceptance’ is musical duality personified, and I cannot get enough.

Vocals are a growling rasp, straight from the gut. Not really my cup of tea (not a big fan, remember?), but perfectly suited for conveying Goetchius’ poignant lyrics. Like many in the Black/Doom Metal world, Goetchius’ lyrics are pure poetry. Filled with introspection, they offer a sense of catharsis and are dark as Hell.

I don’t know if this is Goetchius’ life’s work, a side project, a labor of love (or despair), or what. What is apparent is he is deeply in touch with his feelings and has the ability to bare them on a soundscape that is both bleak and beautiful. Highly engaging; highly recommended.

'Acceptance' bears emotion that is both bleak and beautiful

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