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10 Post-Rock Bands That You Have To Listen To

Updated on March 30, 2016

What is Post-rock?

Post-rock is a genre best described to be experimental music with the rhythmic involvement of guitars and drums. It follows a more instrumental approach compared to the base rock genre. The systemic timing of instruments and a fusion of electronic is also seen to be incorporated.

Ambient, melodic, gloomy are some of the emotions involved in describing the genre. Most often than not post-rock uses vocals to create an artistic visualization to represent a form of a musical painting.

If you love combining thoughts with music and creating a visual representation then post-rock is a genre to be included in your playlist. It can entirely capture your mind and sway your soul to a form of gravitating addiction towards it.


1. God is an Astronaut

Without a doubt, one of the most ambient bands in the genre. Their music is extremely atmospheric and intense. Despite being over 12 years in the genre, they have stuck to their roots and have produced a consistent sound.

The Irish-based band creates melancholy, into the darkest corners of your mind.

All is Violent, All is Bright (album) by God is an Astronaut

2. Godspeed You! Black Emperor

A Canadian band, that has been extremely influential in contributing to the post-rock genre. Bleak and Riveting, they have been known to be extremely artistic in their live performances to create an enigmatic stage presence that is truly breath-taking.

East Hastings by Godspeed You! Black Emperor

3. Collapse Under the Empire

A German post-rock band that is known for their heavy use of electronic synth fused with lengthy guitar riffs. They have a melancholic feel to their music incorporating their own unique touch to the genre.

Quiet Dimension by Collapse Under the Empire

4. Sigur Ros

Probably, the most popular post-rock band on the list. Captivating and beautiful vocals mixed with the serene instrumentals make you wish you were at the backdrop of a sunset on a cold and pleasant evening. A fluid sounding melodic group that you get addicted to with each passing song you hear.

Olsen Olsen by Sigur Ros

5. Explosions in the Sky

Another popular post-rock band with a history to experiment with their sound. They have somewhat changed their sound altogether since the first album. Nonetheless, their music is known for a soothing and varying degree of guitar work implemented into the style.

Your Hand In Mine by Explosions in the Sky

6. Jakob

A lesser known, New Zealand based, post-rock band which incorporates slow and steady guitar and drum work to string together their music. A focus on a mix of atmospheric and dark theme forms the base of their music.

Blind them with science by Jakob

7. If These Trees Could Talk

If progressive metal fused with post-rock, the end result would be "If These Trees Could Talk". They have a unique theme of infusing progressive elements into their riffs and try to sound different but potent at the same time. Some of their music appeal to a varied audience as compared to just post-rock fans.

Red Forest (Album) by If These Trees Could Talk

8. Tortoise

Slow and upbeat with an intricate sound for melody describe Tortoise, an American post-rock band that dabbles in indie, jazz and electronica to get a fresh experimental feel of the sub-genre.

They have had their roots in the music industry since 1990, making them a sort of an influence to other popular sub-genres including post-rock.

Millions now living will never die (album) by Tortoise

9. Mogwai

Popular with most post-rock fans. Mogwai has a tinge of everything to offer from melancholy to uplifting, from sorrow to delight, from light to dark. Their music keeps on engaging different emotions as you progress within it.

Fans of The Cure, Joy Division will find a lot of hidden influence within. Accompanied with clear vocals, this band from Scotland has a lot to offer to the genre.

Les Revenants (album) by Mogwai

10. Mono

Mono is as straightforward as they come. It aims to root itself deeply in the genre by showcasing a form similarly found in other bands concerning the same genre which is a blend of instrumentals with a mixture of riffs and the occasional shift in melody. The use of pianos and string instruments is a signature theme.

The band, based off of Japan has had quite a remarkable journey as far as its transition is concerned, that is it has achieved a rather large success compared to other bands of the same genre in the least time.

Hymn to the immortal wind (album) by MONO

And Last but not the least.... is a metal for the mind and although it might not share the same success of other sub-genres of metal, it is quite fit for a relaxing walk by the countryside and lets your mind travel to all dimensions.

If you do enjoy the following posted links, please do support the bands by purchasing their copy as it would help them immensely in keeping the post-rock genre alive.

Thank you for taking the time to read the article. And remember Music feeds the soul.

© 2016 Pavan Punja


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    • Pavan Punja profile imageAUTHOR

      Pavan Punja 

      3 years ago from India

      @ nongrade

      Great bands listed, Lights Out Asia, Hammock and pg.lost I am familiar with. I will be checking the other two out. Thank you for recommending and commenting!


      Appreciated! I'll definitely be putting my ear to them soon enough! Thanks so much for listing and stopping by for commenting.

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      3 years ago

      Lights Out Asia


      This Will Destroy You


      The American Dollar

    • Pavan Punja profile imageAUTHOR

      Pavan Punja 

      3 years ago from India


      Muy bien amigo! gracias por comentar


      I just checked them out and I am already in love with their 'We Come From Exploding Stars' album by Moonlit Sailor. Thank you so much for recommending :)

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      3 years ago

      Moonlit Sailor

      flies are spies from hell

      top notch bands

    • Pavan Punja profile imageAUTHOR

      Pavan Punja 

      3 years ago from India


      Hi Shekhar, you got that spot on! The last pic is from the Far from refuge song by God is an Astronaut! Thanks so much for the feedback!


      Thanks so much Arjun! So glad you like the list! I am so happy there are so many post-rock fans that think alike!


      Caspian is definitely up there with the best. I will be sure to add it to an updated list in the coming days. Thanks so much for checking the list out.

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      3 years ago


      You are right.

      Thanks. From your list I only knew Russian Circles.

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      3 years ago

      Nice. Personally, I am missing Caspian and ef on the list though ;).

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      3 years ago

      I'm really glad someone finally penned this stuff down. Discovered a new act too! Kudos Pavan.

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      3 years ago

      Great list brother, isn't the last pic from the Far from refuge song?

    • Pavan Punja profile imageAUTHOR

      Pavan Punja 

      3 years ago from India

      @ Igor and maTzeprei

      Keep it coming guys! Post-rock has been an extremely serene form of music that speaks directly to your emotions. We, as fans, must expose them to more people and help promote this genre. I will most definitely do another article with a top 25 in the coming days as and with the response generated.

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      3 years ago

      Guys Tides form Nebula from Poland is also a great band

    • Pavan Punja profile imageAUTHOR

      Pavan Punja 

      3 years ago from India

      Thank you spiralling! Nice of you to say that :)

    • spirallingspiral profile image


      3 years ago

      Great choice of bands and very well written. Post-rock is one of my favorite genres, nothing better to relax your mind than an awesome post-rock track.


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