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Pandora threw a band at me I’d never heard of, with a genre I’d also never heard of, and the song is sticking hard. Listened to it like five times now. The band is Pelican, the genre is “Post-metal” or “Metalgaze.” From Wikipedia:

Post-metal is a mixture between the genres of post-rock, heavy metal, and shoegazing. Hydra Head Records owner and Isis frontman Aaron Turner originally termed the genre “thinking man’s metal,” demonstrating that his band was trying to move away from common metal conventions. … Pelican’s Trevor de Brauw said, “I have an affinity for metal, but I don’t think of Pelican as a metal band. So when people call us ‘instrumetal,’ or post-metal, or metalcore or whatever, I can see why they say that, but it’s not something that I feel a close connection with... I feel our [music] has more in common with punk and hardcore.”

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