Show Me A Dinosaur is a Russian band from the lovely city of St. Petersburg, which released their new self titled record. You are into post rock and you also love what is called blackgaze meanwhile? Make sure to try them out!
Show Me A Dinosaur starts with slow blast beats and screams combined with crunchy guitars. The production seems a little bit weak, but while listening to this record you will understand, that this kind of music only works with an organic sound, which is to be found on this record. But all in all this is one of the points that could improve on a new record very easily. Starting with blastbeats, “Rakev” transists into a post rock song, before it turns out in a mixture of both, black metal and post rock, combined with more hardcore orientated vocals. This song feels like a combination between Deafheaven, If These Trees Could Talk and The Ocean. Post metal at its finest.
Songs like “Vjuga” start with dreamy clean parts, same as “Lights“ and “Gone”. These songs have a very rock orientated vibe, that definitely brings you into a chilled and relaxing mood and slowly prepares you until the emotional climax of these songs. The guitar work of Show Me A Dinosaur is based a lot on chords, that perfectly work together, while they are accompanied by catchy melodies, groovy drums and emotional shouts. The band could probably effect an even higher ambiance by working with some more additions, such as strings or choirs, but even if only the guitars are playing it sounds bright and totally overwhelming.
“Gone” lives through its chords, which are mostly minors, and affecting a depressing mood, which reminds a little on Devil Sold His Soul, even if there are no clean vocals. Cleans would probably make the music a little more diverse, more vivid and more interesting, than it already is. But with having named bands like If These Trees Could Talk, it is to mention that the four-minute instrumental track “Heart” reminds me of them a lot. Even if there isn´t much happening during this time, the song builds up with amazing sounding guitars and ambient details that create an overwhelming atmosphere.
The record ends with a 10 minute closing track titled “Wojna”, which is the Russian word for war, best known from Lew Tolstois famouos “Wojna i Mir” (war and peace). This track sums up the whole album in one. Starting with ambient guitar noises and dwelling synths for more than two minutes. Again it takes time until the drums come in, to give this track a clearer structure. Even if it takes three minutes to prepare the proper beginning of this song, it simply works out. Imagine it would start without having this ambient preparation, it would work, but the power and intensity of it would decrease a lot. So Show Me A Dinosaur ends with a depressing mood, minor-chords, heavy drums and screams.
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Even if Show Me A Dinosaur are not working with much diverse parts, they are able to vary and construct them over a certain time, and still keep them fresh and interesting. What happens on Show Me A Dinosaur is simply beautiful, passionate and emotional. A good record for lovers of post rock, blackgaze and more long-paced music in general. Take your time and enjoy the ambiance of this beautiful and rousing record.
Notable Tracks: “Rakev”, “Gone”, “Wojna”
FFO: Deafheaven, If These Trees Could Talk, Devil Sold His Soul, The Ocean