"Descent" was a good album. "Passage" is an amazing album. Moanaa might not be the most original band in the post-metal scene and they sure could work on some aspects (the vocalist Rafał Kwaśny is way more adapt to singing harshly than properly growling), but there is some serious character here guys! Such aggressiveness, such taste in the composition of music, such inspiration.
Once again, the post-rock and post-metal parts work together perfectly. One might even say that the former overcame the latter and the Polish band definitely sailed towards the likes of Explosions In The Sky or (even more) God Is An Astronaut, if it weren't for the huge riff à la Cult Of Luna suddenly appearing here and there. Compared to the debut, the main difference is the loss of one of the two vocalists, this time leaving everything to the hands (or well, to the voice) of our good Rafał; although he doesn't seem to have a particularly grave voice, it is true that he puts lots of suffering and passion in each single verse, contributing to the songs with good variety.
The band took some solid steps forward over the last couple of years, a gradual and constant growth which — considering the very positive beginnings — didn't come as a surprise. Really, everything is well-done in "Descent"; you won't be able to find anything out of place: the songs are long, but they still flow quite pleasantly through riffs, loops, melodies, blast-beats and agonizing shrieks. One hour is gone in the blink of an eye.
Moanaa rightly managed to find the support of the valid Arachnophobia, a label that helped them get out of the mare magnum of self-productions. I hope they manage to take the next step and get all the recognition they deserve. If you enjoy the more atmospheric and intimate takes on post-metal, you really should bet on Moanaa.