AVAST (from Norway) found a way of combining melody, emotion and aggression but also catchiness, songs are really memorable and you'll be humming them without noticing. Avast don’t merely just choose three styles like that and stick them together. The intensity of black metal weaves its way into the dynamic post metal riffs, and there is an inherent ‘fuzziness’ that the shoegaze influence brings. ‘Fire and Ice’ builds from a quiet but sharp riff, with a layer of fuzz coating the insidious melodies. Like all good post metal bands, it builds not only a sense of power but of emotion. This self titled debut is one of the best things I’ve heard this month, a record that infuses their Norwegian black metal heritage into something more dynamic, and more open. Avast are one to watch.