Hailing from Albuquerque, New Mexico, comes a three piece band called Night Terrain and their debut full length album American Dream. Night Terrain is a post metal act with plenty of doom metal influences. As with most post metal bands, this album is almost entirely instrumental.
Post metal is a genre of metal where I just cannot stand the label placed upon it. Many post metal bands are way over the top and simply chaotic, but then you are treated to some gems that just produce quality music. Albums like American Dream make reviewing albums worthwhile. If it was not for being handed this advance copy, I may have never had the pleasure of being introduced to Night Terrain.
American Dream is one of the biggest surprises of the year for me thus far. The tracks range from hypnotic melodies to passionate solos to well placed sound effects. There are no bits and pieces here. Each song is well arranged and ever better performed. There is not a bad track on this album. The production of the album may be a little thin in places, but the songs themselves are as strong as anyone in the genre. Some of the production issues make the songs not seem as powerful as they should be. Some of the riffs become muddled in this process unfortunately. In addition, sometimes there is a slight stutter in the sound, which annoys me quickly. While I would love to crank this album up, I just cannot because of the production issues.
Outside of the production issues though, Night Terrain has a well thought out album with track after track of goodness. I would have loved to hear more vocals on the album though because an album full of instrumentals get old quickly. I used to love listening to instrumentalists like Joe Satriani, Yngwie Malmsteen and the like, but tired of the repetitiveness of a lot of the songs. In the case of Yngwie, I am glad that he went with a more vocal approach to his albums even though his debut album is still my favorite.
As far as American Dream goes, the album is definitely a keeper for me, but I just wonder how long I can go on listening to it with all of the problems. I wish they would have fixed these issues before releasing the album.