Alaskan are a band from Ontario, Canada that plays a very atmospheric form of sludge metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Despair, Erosion, Loss" which was released by Dwyer Records.
The album begins with some avant garde sounds before adding in heavy post metal guitar riffs and drums along with growls and screams as well as melody and you can also hear traces of hardcore in the vocals and when clean parts are added in the album has a more progressive feeling to it and you can hear a great amount of melody in the guitar leads.
As the album progresses the music gets heavier, and darker along with a small amount of synths and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and the band brings out a great amount of anger and hate with their music and at times they also speed up and bring in blast beats as well as bringing in a brief use of clean playing which enhances the progressive elements of this recording.
While there is not much in t he way of originality on this recording Alaskan still demonstrate a great amount of ability with the way they approach their music and combining dark and heavy music with progressive elements.
Song lyrics cover dark and hateful themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy, d ark and professional sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording as well as the songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion Alaskan are a very great sounding atmospheric and progressive sounding sludge metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Sacrifice" and "Inferno". 8 out of 10.