Terraformer are a post metal trio from Belgium who know how to write a good riff. The proof is “Mineral” which is a solid outing overall. While I don’t think Terraformer break any NEW ground, they are good at what they do which is thick layers of guitars and a pounding rhythm. The album kicks off with the solid “Aegean” and the band remind me of a mix of The Ocean and Russian Circles, though maybe not as memorable as either.
“Adamanitine” has a cool stuttering riff and a really nice melodic guitar line floating over the time. Very cool tune and a favorite on “Mineral.” What I like about this album is that it is an easy listen because the band are good at what they do and the songs are all well written overall. “Penelope” is another careening riff fest and offers a bit of a change in approach to what is before it. “Epoch” has an uplifting vibe to it which in post metal is at times a rare commodity.
While “Mineral” might not reinvent post metal, it is a solid addition to the genre. Terraformer are a talented trio who sound larger than 3 people. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I guess that sums up the album. If you like powerful riffs and strong hooks, this is an album to check out.
6. The Ether Shell
Label: Dunk! Records