Yet, all three have had there share of followers and they have influenced loads of artists, including Charun, a four-piece from Sardinia, Italy. Charun started in 2012 as a solo project for Curse This Ocean guitarist Nicola Olla. Gradually however, a complete band was formed. 'Stige' is their first full-length after a demo in 2013. On this album, they gracefully combine tradition post-rock with elements from stoner rock and doom, all without uttering a single word. Does this come recommended? Damn right it does.
From the first seconds of 'Clinamen', you'll know where you're heading. As gently as this song starts, after a few seconds you'll be drenched in an awe-inspiring pool of fuzzed out guitars and dynamic drums. From then on, Charun maintain their immersive grip on the listener, beautifully alternating calm passages with heavy, distorted outburst. Sometimes, both opposites even come together, resulting in pure sonic bliss. 'De Brevitate Vitae' follows that example and expands it by increasing the level of atmosphere.
'Divina Voluptas' thrives a bit more on the stoner doom sound, reminding me of something between Monkey 3, Cult Of Luna and Pallbearer. That being said, doom metal certainly seemed to have had its influence on Charun. I frequently found myself headbanging, very slow but still, I don't often bang my head to post rock. The amalgamation of these slow but powerful genres is pretty much always fantastic, and Charun is no different. So yes, this is a great album which certainly deserves a place on your post rock shelve.