At this point, there's very little that is surprising about Jambinai 's sound, having polished their Korean-folk infused heavy post-rock sounds for more than a decade, slowly building up from a trio up to their current quintet formation. Now having a dedicated drummer, bassist, and guitarist alongside the four instruments makes the more modern rock sound side of the band feel more pronounced, which is also partly what makes Apparition feel most similar to Onda out of the other Jambinai album, though it's not like sounding most like the previous record is that big of a surprise. In a way, this is an extra serving of that established sound.
What does feel different about Apparition, aside from its shorter runtime, is that the heavier moments feel even closer to post-metal than before. Jambinai has never been really a metal band, with their post-metal sound often closer to a heavier version of post-rock. That's still the case, but the heaviness on the atmosphere of opener "Once More From That Frozen Bottom" or the crescendo of "Until My Wings Turn To Ashes" are tweaked for extra heaviness. Add to that the oddity of them collaborating with K-Pop singer Sunwoojunga and thus being two degrees of separation away from BTS. The EP closes with a live version of "Candlelight in Colossal Darkness", which would be a pretty nice tune if not for that overly loud rooster-sounding instrument.
Release Date: November 11, 2022
140g Clear Vinyl