By Fly on Byrd, fly on
Sheffield instrumental post-rock/metal quintet, Fly on Byrd, fly on, come spitting and screaming into this world like the birth of a Jotunn Frost Giant as they unveil their debut EP, Lost Lands, unto the world.
The EP uses the concept of the Arctic as its base and comprises of just two tracks which sprawl over an amazing twelve minute journey. Opening track, Thule, kicks in like a jealous polar bear before soaring into the skies on wings of stratified guitar and driven drum-beats. The song becomes more stripped back around half way in, developing into a more contemplative passage and inviting the listener to take stock, before launching back into a beautiful assault on our ears. The inclusion of keyboards gives the band an extra textured layer which adds to their post-rock, swirling guitars and elevates their sound above many of their contemporaries.
Second track, Hyperborea, wouldn't feel out of place on a Maybeshewill album whilst always doing enough to feel fresh and not at all derivative. More immediate than the opening track, all the instrumental components come together perfectly creating a magnificent maelstrom of noise which will have you circling your head and fanning your beard (whether you have one or not). Cracking stuff.
You can download the EP via the band's Bandcamp page.