Belgian post-metal band Charnia released their most recent work on 20 October: the forty-minute unbroken track “Het laatste licht”. Grossly, the album-length song is split in two vague sections. For the first half or so, it’s a chamber music session comprised of a violin and double bass duo where lazy and languid voices interweave to form a droning piece, between melancholy and despair. The second half starts past the twenty minutes mark with a drumbeat that is soon joined by the rest of the band. For the remaining time, strings and electrics join forces in a slow, heavy, and pounding post-metal session. It’s worth mentioning the strong fragrances of doom metal and post-rock in the emerging music, which almost, but not exactly, falls under the drone jurisdiction. Het laatste licht is a beautiful tapestry of metal wire sewn into canvas.
An advanced digital copy of the album was sent to us.