There have been many experts and music lovers who attempted to find a precise and exact description of Post Rock and Post Metal. But whatever the verbal expression used to characterize these musical genres, there is always a new record that destroys these artificial definitions, and in the end the fluid and spontaneous world of music transcends again the labels we try to glue to every band or every song.
Nowadays, Post-Rock, Post-Metal, Post-Hard-Core have become common sub genres which label everything that does not really fit into the scheme, because most of us love order and clearly defined schemes, in which one can sort newly discovered bands, in order to find them again (Collapse Under the Empire)
Wikipedia uses these definitions for the two genres:
Post-rock is a form of experimental rock characterized by use of rock instruments primarily to explore timbre and textures rather than song structure, chords or riffs. Post-rock bands typically unify rock instrumentation with electronics, and are often instrumental. Although firmly rooted in the indie or underground scene of the 1980s and early 1990s, post-rock’s style often bears little resemblance musically to that of contemporary indie rock, departing from rock conventions. Elements may be borrowed from genres such as ambient music, krautrock, IDM, jazz, minimalist classical, and dub reggae.
Post-metal is a style of music that is rooted in heavy metal but explores approaches beyond the genre’s conventions. Associated with and inspired by post-rock and post-hardcore, the genre employs the darkness and intensity of extreme metal but emphasizes atmosphere, emotion, and even “revelation”, drawing on a wide range of sources including ambient, noise, psychedelic, progressive, and classical music to develop an expansive but introspective sound. Post-metal songs are typically long, with loose and layered structures that discard the verse–chorus form in favor of crescendos and repeating themes. The sound centres on guitars and drums; any vocals are usually screamed or growled and resemble an additional instrument.
Given the premise I made at the beginning of the article, I won’t try to give a precise formalization for Post Rock and Post Metal. The definitions that I have provided above, on the other hand, already provide the basic idea of what we’re talking about and at the same time they make us understand how the “post” is really a concept rather than a specific category of music. From my point of view, the usage of “post” represents the fact that the artists have tried to overcome and surpass the typical elements of the starting musical genre, be it rock or metal, and they ended up playing a new style of music, evenutally an hybrid genre, which results, case by case, the most fitting with the specific emotions that they wanted to convey.
Despite the evident challenges of finding a good and clear characterization for Post Rock and Post Metal, it must be said that this type of music, when played by skilled and innovative musicians, can produce the most beautiful results – among every other musical genre – simply because of the expressive possibilities that are made available to the artists when these they decide to abandon the conventional rules of a single musical genre.
And in order to celebrate the beauty of this musical style, I decided to start collecting all the best Post Metal and Post Rock songs in a single playlist. POST, the new Playlist that’s available on Spotify, presents the most emotional and breathtaking songs released in the past months. The list is uploaded every time a new masterpiece is published, but the selection to enter the playlist is really though. At the present time, the playlist features recent songs released by Agrimonia, Harakiri For The Sky, Kauan, Sinistro, and many other masters of “post” music.
Enjoy the playlist, follow it, and come back periodically to check for new updates. You will never find here a song that is trivial, dull, without inspiration. Guaranteed by S.B.G.