Dire and Sulk by GlassingRelease date: August 26, 2022
Label: Medication Time Records
Glassing is a gripping beast, one which conflates genres and casts light even through its oppressive appearance. From debut Light and Death, 2019s Spotted Horse and Twin Dream in 2021, the band has merged post-hardcore with black and post-metal to create a maelstrom of ferocity and calm. Its latest two track EP Dire and Sulk shows off all of those characteristics without standing still or digging up old ground. If you are new to the band this is a great place to start as these tracks rank amongst the best the band has produced.
The addition of new drummer Scott Osment takes no time to get going and his powerful sound fits in perfectly with founding bassist/vocalist Dustin Coffman and guitarist Cory Brim. The three members continue the Glassing tradition of covering vast amounts of ground and a great depth of textures. Whilst ‘Dire’ goes hard and fast before slowing and building again, ‘Sulk’ has an instantly memorable opening riff which will easily make it a live favourite.
Mixed in the two tracks are their trademark moments of frantic kineticism and also an introspective calm. Nothing is static but nothing is out of place and that is what has made Glassing one of the most exciting bands in crowded genres. ‘Dire’ and ‘Sulk’ point to a continued offering of exceptional music and I continue to be very excited by this band.