When it comes to any style with the "Post-" prefix, it's almost daily that there seems to be new names entering the fray. But, for the most part, a good majority of them have been largely unique or enjoyable in one way or another. Enter, Burn The Army. Hailing from Indianapolis, Indiana, the group came to be in 2010 when bassist Corey Clark approached guitarist Jordan Smith with the idea to create a band in the vein of their shared Post-Metal interests. All that was needed was a drummer, who was meant to be a former bandmate of Corey's, but that plan didn't come to fruition. This did, however, lead to Dyllen Nance joining the ranks, completing the line-up that would record their debut album The Tide to Sink the Summit. But is this thirty minute slab of Sludge and Post-Metal worth checking out, or is it far from anything engaging?

While The Tide to Sink the Summit may only be composed of four songs, Burn The Army present a wide amount of variety to this rich and crisp recording. One of the things going for it is that all three members offer up vocals in addition to their instrument duties, often lending an extra unique touch to the specific style utilized or atmosphere established within a song. For example, "Sky" starts off with some rain effects that makes you expect more of a depressing presence. However, the main verses weave more of an uplifting performance composed largely of mid-tempo Sludge Metal and hooks with enthusiastic clean singing that brings additional emotion to the mix before caving to deeper riffs, rougher shouting, as well as a breakdown approaching the four minute mark. From here it's a slow build out of a lighter Progressive patch towards heavier riffs on par with that genre, additional Stoner Metal, and various bouts of heavier Sludge, all handled with well paced transitions that don't rush the jump to the next approach.

Another element that works in favor of The Tide to Sink the Summit is how each track seems to kind of bleed into one another without always doing so. The shift to "Sea" is a subtle one, but it makes use of the track's theme by setting up a nautical start that gives way to a combination of uplifting hooks and rich, simpler Southern inspired Sludge Metal that sometimes carries a ritualistic presence thanks to the held notes and appropriate drum patterns. "End" has a darker presence all around with a hint of Post-Hardcore and Mastodon influence in the open as opposed to the earlier material along the lines to Isis. But, in order to even get to this song aside skipping ahead, you go through the four minute instrumental "And", which is a short, lighter performance that acts as a decent bridge between these two. This one does have a clear cut conclusion, however, which is a shame. Had it been a little more open, it would have made these three seem as if they were one long, well put together composition cut into three chapters.

The Tide to Sink the Summit is a prime example as to why the "Post-" movement in music today isn't going to go away any time soon. If anything, it will only continue to expand as more and more talented individuals leave their own mark within the style. While this release isn't going to win any album of the year awards, there's a great deal of promise found in these four compositions of superb musicianship and pacing. In one shot, Burn The Army include Sludge Metal, Stoner Metal, Post-Hardcore and Post-Metal, not to mention incorporated Atmospheric and even Progressive versions of those styles into one cohesive album that flows smoothly from start to finish. If you haven't heard "Sea", the lead single posted to the band's official Bandcamp page yet, now is the time to give it a spin and at least get familiar with this trio, as this is a group you should expect great things from.

Review originally composed for Apoch's Metal Review.