Minsk are a band from Chicago, Illinois that plays sludge, psychedelia and post metal and this is a review of their 2015 album "The Crash & The Draw" which will be released in April by Relapse Records.
A very dark and atmospheric sound starts off the album and after a couple of minutes clean playing is added onto the recording and it also brings in more of a post rock feeling to the bands musical sound before adding in heavy guitars which are very heavily influenced by sludge and doom metal and the music also brings in a great mixture of both clean and heavy parts.
When vocals are added into the music they are in a clean singing direction and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and at times the music speeds up and bring s in a small amount of growls, high pitched screams, and blast beats and the guitar riffs, solos and leads also bring in a great amount of melody and most of the songs are very long and epic in length.
Psychedelic sounds can be heard quite a bit throughout the recording and they also give the recording more of an experimental feeling when they are utilized and there are also 4 songs related to each other which also gives the album more of a conceptual vibe and they also bring in an ambient instrumental before returning back to a post/sludge metal sound on the following tracks while a more tribal orientated instrumental is used before the 2 closing tracks which also introduce spoken word parts onto the recording.
Minsk plays a musical style that is very heavily rooted in the heavier side of sludge and doom metal but also brings in the melody of post metal and also adds in a touch of experimental music and psychedelia to create a sound of their own, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Hermeticism, Alchemy and Esoteric themes.
In my opinion Minsk are a very great sounding mixture of sludge, psychedelia and post metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Within An d Without" "Onward procession II: The Soil Coils" "The Way Is Through" and "When The Walls Fell". 8 out of 10.