Downfall of Gaia have been very busy of late, with hectic touring and the pleasant surprise of signing with Metal Blade. In October they will release their second record, Suffocating in the Swarm of Cranes and Metal Blade are now streaming a new offering from the LP entitled ‘In The Rivers Bleak’. Taken from what is an expansive concept album, this new song sees more of the band’s sprawling melodic hardcore and post metal hybrid. When interviewed last month, the band revealed that they were exploring some black metal elements in their sound, and that’s come to fruition here, borrowing more from the corners occupied by Altar of Plagues, opposed to Mayhem, and along with the band’s usual three way vocal delivery, ‘In The Rivers Bleak’ is pretty impressive. Their first LP didn’t get up to a whole lot but their recent split with In The Hearts of Emperors marked a huge surge in skill and intuition and Suffocating in the Swarm of Cranes will hopefully build upon that foundation.