Nagoya post-rockers Ulm released their first EP, after dark, earlier this summer. While clearly influenced by the likes of MONO and World’s End Girlfriend, the band also has a distinctive metal foundation in their sound. There is a bleakness and “blackness” that runs throughout the music that evokes bands more like Jesu and Vampilia, and the tremolo picked guitar phrases start to sound more like black metal than Mogwai.
Nagoya seems to have a healthy dose of post-rock, shoegaze and post-metal going on at the moment, with bands like heliostrope, Aysula and Ulm being the clear torchbearers. It’ll be exciting to see how this scene grows within the next few years and how it starts to fit together with the overall domestic shoegaze, post-rock and post-metal landscape.