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Album Stream: Set and Setting’s Sprawling Post-Rock Soundscape Tabula Rasa

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Florida post-rock crew Set and Setting have long been favorites of the MetalSucks staff, and with good reason: they have a supremely gifted ear for melody and composition that keeps their band of instrumental post-rock engaging and interactive. Frankly speaking, so many bands in this little slice of the metal world tend to get lost way far up their own arseholes, but Set and Setting never have: a little humility goes a long way, so well done, guys!

Tabula Rasa may be Set and Setting’s heaviest release to date — there’s a sharp, particularly aggressive metallic edge here I can’t recall hearing in the past — which may have something to do with the band’s new lineup this time around. Whatever the reason, it’s working magnificently: giant-sized riffs collide with churning grooves and layered guitars, mixing with the band’s patented delicate atmospherics for their most varied, dynamic release to date.

Tabula Rasa comes out on October 12th via Pelagic Records. Pre-order it here (physical) and here (digital) and stream it in full below.

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