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Snatch at the failing remnants of winter with Minsk’s crushing new album

Minsk - The Crash And The Draw album art

As we break out into spring – as the days get longer, the sun warmer and the trees greener – you forget how utterly despairing the darker genres can be sometimes. It’s been a while since we’ve had a really sombre post-metal twitch our ears, but Illinois’ own Minsk are seeking to remind us of the colder months with their new album The Crash & The Draw, which is out this week.

As is customary, there’s a full stream of the record, courtesy of Decibel; 76 minutes of brow-beating, lung-crushing sludge and miasma.

Lead single “The Garish Remembrance Of Failure” is a particular highlight, as is the eleven-second scream the bridges “Within And Without” into “Onward Procession I: These Longest Of Days“. Their sonic palette touches on bands like Neurosis later on, recalling their quiet but insistent melancholy, as well as soothing ambient tones on “Conjunction” and “The Way Is Through“. It’s a well-trodden light/dark set-up, all in service of setting up the titanic waves of sound, but it’s very well executed and certainly worth a look.

The Crash & The Draw is out today, April 7th, via Relapse Records. The band hit European shores this Thursday with Miamian veterans Floor, and will be stopping at the following cities on the following dates:

Apr 09 @ Roadburn Festival 2015 Tilburg, Netherlands
Apr 10 @ Doom Over Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
Apr 12 @ Cassiopeia, Berlin, Germany
Apr 13 @ Hydrozagadka, Warsaw, Poland
Apr 14 @ 007, Prague, Czech Republic
Apr 15 @ p.m.k., Innsbruck, Austria
Apr 16 @ Feierwerk, Munich, Germany
Apr 17 @ Freakout, Bologna, Italy
Apr 18 @ SoloMacello Fest, Milano, Italy
Apr 19 @ Le Romandie, Lausanne, Switzerland
Apr 20 @ Escape B, Paris, France
Apr 21 @ La Scene Michelet, Nantes, France
Apr 22 @ La Péniche, Lille, France
Apr 23 @ FZW, Dortmund, Germany
Apr 24 @ Desertfest London, United Kingdom
Apr 25 @ Kavka, Antwerp, Belgium

Floor Minsk tour poster 2015 Chris