Show Us the Fire

Zelienople, 2016

Does it sound as ridiculous as it seems to describe Zelienople as the 'Slowdive or Mazzy Star of metal'? The heat-lamp glare of hipster fashion has wilted some of metal's strident codes of machismo. There's more of a wounded pain to Show us the Fire: merging the core principles of doom folk with touches of post-rock and shoegaze. Like many modern-day hybrid forms, they cover their tracks well—concealing the seams between the styles and making it hard for any one genre to defend its claim to them. The music is measured, pained, and open-ended. Each moment leaves you uneasy, not sure which direction a song will go.