Bast Nanoångström 2LP (Hyperspeed Splatter Vinyl)
Slow and heavy, Bast are a band that have entered their tenth year of existence this year and through that time, they have crafted themselves a name with an unnerving sound of blackened doom that has landed them slots on festival lineups and one off support slots with plenty of bands that have caused a stir in their genres.
Following up to their debut release, ‘Spectres’ from 2014, they continued their work with Conan bassist producing the album, and the quality shows. The ever present darkness looms like a thick fog throughout, the slow tranquil opener ‘Distant Suns’ sets the tone, it’s mellow, gentle passages layer up and ease you into its vast depths, eventually breaking with ‘Far Horizons’. Steady in pace, it devastates the eardrums before breaking several minutes into a blackened melody that slightly increases the pace before pulling back into a clean sounding swell. The restraint and control slowly builds up before returning with their well known vocals. A Black metal style lead makes a show as the pace increases a touch again, showcasing how much they’ve developed and grown musically since their debut release.