03. Eight Bells – Landless
Origin: Portland, OR
The Gist: Billy Anderson produced the PDX post-metal trio’s sophomore record. An all-female ensemble, Eight Bells employ haunting three-piece harmonies and elements of prog, doom, and choral music.
Why It Rules: It sounds amazing, per all of Anderson’s works, lathered in just the right amount of reverb and analog warmth. The songwriting builds on the Rush-like symphonies of their first record, with Anderson’s production bringing out the captivating atmosphere of the band’s arrangements. The opening notes of “Hating” take you, evoking a sense of deep yearning, and the rest of the record never lets go. Fans of Pallbearer and YOB, pay heed. –Jon Hadusek