This album by Irish one-man project Arcade Messiah is just the thing we need to get through the winter. It's one of those albums that tell elaborate stories, mostly without uttering a single word. The project is founded by KingBathmat frontman John Bassett and drags in heaps of influences from the gargantuan world of rock music. Yet, since the music is mostly instrumental, it might be both easy and correct to place this thing into the post rock and metal corners.
That being said, fans of bands like Pelican, Russian Circles and Cult Of Luna will definitely appreciate this music, but I'd also like to recommend this to others. There are elements of grunge in opener 'Revolver' while 'Deliverance' takes a strong progressive stand. Here and there I can hear influences from doom and sludge metal too and the whole stoner rock scene is never far away. Finally, there simply is a great dose of riffing goodness present here.
The tracks are well built-up and have the immersive nature of many of its highly acclaimed predecessors in the post-whatever scene. I have no favorite track since they all fit very well together, forming one big concept, which is exactly what I love so much about this genre. So, a shout out to fans of anything between Radiohead, Alice In Chains, the previous mentioned bands and Godspeed! You Black Emperor: this is a great album, a perfect companion for all your daily activities.