I have never been to Norway, nor have I seen the Northern Lights, but I definitely appreciate how being surrounded by nature can change your perspective on things. Tromso-based band Heave Blood & Die have gone full-bore into hauntingly conveying their environmentalist and anti-capitalist beliefs on Post People.
Despite being based in some of the most far-northern reaches of Scandinavia, Heave Blood & Die aren’t frostbitten or blackened in any sense. Instead, Post People takes a surprising left turn from past releases and forges new territory.
Indeed, this is a record filled with surprises and risks. Before this, Heave Blood & Die were a solid Georgia-style sludge/doom outfit, with a nice layer of harsh noise and psychedelia. But is their new material even metal? Is it heavy? Does genre matter when an album is this hypnotic? Answer/s: Maybe; yes; hell no.
Regardless, Post People takes a very Justin Broadrick (Jesu, Godflesh) view of what heavy and loud can and might sound like. This is definitely post-rock/metal; it’s electronic at times and filled with post-punk noise, but I’m not sure those are the words that most accurately describe Post People. This is progressive and experimental music that isn’t ‘Weird’; it just feels weird at first.
I’d call this experimental music for non-drug users because focus and intent are better for leaning into the musical haze. The band’s doom-laden past definitely shows up from time to time, and that added metallic dirge is a nice layer to build on what is really triumphant and gorgeous music.
All that said, a record this brazenly political and focused on stances lives and dies with how it connects with the listener. Your ability to be open-minded with music and ideas is paramount to how well you enjoy Post People.
This is a grave listen, reckoning with Earth’s existence after humanity, but there’s always hope for a better tomorrow here. That sense of better possibilities permeates the album and only adds another dose of humanity to Post People. This is a special record for a band ready to break out.
It’s clear that Heave Blood & Die have bled (metaphorically, hopefully, and only in the album’s creation) for their beliefs, and that sense of purpose elevates an astoundingly unique and worthwhile listen.
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