Pineal are a band from the United Kingdom that plays a mixture of grunge, stoner rock, progressive and post metal and this is a review of their self released 2014 ep "Smiling Cult".
A very distorted, heavy and melodic guitar sound starts off the ep and also brings in a doom metal feeling at times and after awhile the music starts going for more of a heavier rock/metal direction along with some clean singing grunge/stoner rock style vocals that also have an aggressive edge to them at times.
At times you can hear a great amount of the early 90's Seattle sound in the bands musical style and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them along with the music sticking mostly to a slow and dark sound that is very heavy and also brings in mid paced sections at times as well as adding element s of progressive metal and mixing it with grunge, stoner and modern post metal and one of the tracks also brings in a brief use of spoken word samples.
Pineal plays a very slow, dark and heavy musical style that brings in gunge and stoner rock and mixes in with the heaviness and melody of post and progressive metal to create a sound of their own, the production sounds very professional for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover dark themes.
In my opinion Pineal are a very great sounding mixture of grunge, stoner rock, progressive and post metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Theta" and "Acerbic". 8 out of 10.