Post Death Soundtrack is a promising act, an industrial doom duo I discovered a long time ago with their earlier releases. Now, they are back with another one, Pathless Land, released not long ago as a single in 2021. For those who haven’t heard about the band before, Post Death Soundtrack has started their careers with a long-play album called; Music as Weaponry in 2008. Since then, the band released three more long-play albums, The Unlearning Curve (2016), Let Your Colors Run (The Remixes) (2017), It Will Come Out of Nowhere (2019), and seven singles, Beauty Eyes I Adore (Dark Highway Mix) (2016), Little Alice (Jabberwocky Mix by Textile Arcade) (2016), Our Time is Now (Schrödinger’s Neurotransmitter Mix) (2016), Chosen Sons (2018), God’s Away on Business (2020), Final Days (2020) and Pathless Land (2021). Now, please give the album a listen while reading the rest of the article.
Post Death Soundtrack is one of the most determined indie bands that I have been following for some time. I have huge respect for their passion, productivity, uncommercial approach, and most importantly, for their discography. In this album, Pathless Land is presented to us in three different forms; “The Original Version,” “Sovereign Mix,” and “Lit Beacon.”
Pathless Land is a depressive journey with a powerful, dark, moody atmosphere. Once you listen to the song, you’ll hear it’s still playing somewhere in your mind for some time, and that’s what’s so special about it. First of all, I liked the way they structured everything in a minimalistic way. The song has the proper focus. The cinematic approach, on the other hand, added a soundtrack potential to it. As a big fan of dark vibes and melodies, I truly enjoyed listening to Pathless Land. The composition begins with the main theme with a powerful ambiance in the background. This part makes a very smooth transition to the main course—tons of emotions, diving right into the abyss. Together with the verse section, the song starts building up the tension step by step until the ending. As I have mentioned before, this is all about the overall feeling, where it is perfectly transmitted to the listener throughout the way.
My favorite one among these three versions is surprisingly the second one, the Sovereign Mix. I take Post Death Soundtrack more like cinematic music composing band rather than just an industrial band. I have to admit that Sovereign Mix has a better mix in general, more impressive vibes and ambiance. The approach is quite similar to the original; it builds up the tension from the beginning to the end. Yet, the song makes a big difference once the alarming sound kicks in, which immediately game me goosebumps every time I listened to it. This version of the song reminded me of thriller movie trailer soundtracks such as THE THING, PROMETHEUS, and BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT.