Show Me A Dinosaur is a heavy post-rock blackgaze band from Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation. This genre-defying band formed in 2010 and released their critically acclaimed debut “Evolvent EP” in 2011 and the dark, brooding masterpiece “Dust” in 2014.
The unwavering desire to explore an increasingly desperate and harsher sound led to personnel changes. Dinosaur felt a new lease of life and the urge to explode so in 2015 they took to the road with good friends Trna for an incredibly adventurous Russian Spring Tour.
The band now consisting of Pavel Volkov (Guitar), Artem Selyugin (Guitar, Vocals), Anton Gataullin (Bass) and Aleksandr Vershinin (Drums) have evolved into one of the most intense and awe-inspiring bands in Europe. In March 2016 they released their self-titled second album “Show Me A Dinosaur”, a juggernaut of raw emotions and technical prowess and took to the road again with Trna for an April Tour.
“Show Me A Dinosaur” was released on vinyl on 16 September, 2016 on two high quality coloured variants, the Holodnaya Vesna (Cold Spring) limited to 150 copies and the Zvezdnoe Serdtse (Heart Of A Star) limited to 100 copies. The release was included in Post-Rock Listener’s Choice 50 Best Releases of 2016, Arctic Drones’ 50 Favourite Albums of 2016 and featured at number 12 in Post-Rock Essentials Top 30 Releases of 2016. Show Me a Dinosaur ended 2016 by performing at the Buran Music Festival in both Saint-Petersburg and Moscow.
On 3 of April, 2017 the band opened for Alcest at Zal Ozhidaniya in Saint-Petersburg just a few hours after a bomb blast on a metro train leaving Sennaya Ploshchad station in the centre of St Petersburg.
On 20 of May, Show Me A Dinosaur released a new song called “Unsaid” on a 5-band split album called “Imperfect”. The band went on to perform in July at Devilstone 17 in Lithuania and in September at the Vivid a post-rock festival 2017 in Norway.
On January 19, 2018 Elusive Sound released a repressing of Show Me A Dinosaur’s sold out self-titled second album on vinyl, limited to 250 copies and named the Izmoroz Edition.
In March 23, 2018 the band performed in Saint-Petersburg with TRNA at the Fish Fabrique Nouvele, in April at Talinn Music Week 2018. and on August 11 at the Post Summit Festival.
Show Me A Dinosaur are currently working on a new album.
This pioneering album is important to me and important to this genre, and I sincerely hope that it heralds a new trend in Post-Rock.
This is a mind trip that you will absolutely want to take
Show Me A Dinosaur has raised the bar…The production is top-notch, the mixing is everything I would hope for, and the sheer amount of skill that it takes to make something so cutting-edge is wildly impressive.
Show Me a Dinosaur build a subtler sense of unrest that ranges from a slight disquiet to downright dread. The album calms down considerably for post-rock dreamscapes “Lights” and “Gone,” and the nervous tone ostensibly fades from view. But it’s still there, in the back of the listener’s head, threatening to reawaken at any moment and interrupt the dream. That anxiety reemerges with a vengeance in closing track “Wojna,” a tense yet deliberate ten-minute build to a frantic climax teeming with desperation.Show Me a Dinosaur stands out as a novel approach to post-black metal that combines the subgenre’s typical parts to create a unique whole with a distinct, memorable, affective tone.
Their sophomore self-titled release is a mighty impressive one, for its ability to meld post rock precision with black metal oppressiveness, a dramatic contrast that the foursome pullout quite naturally. Being unique not only takes some bold moves, but natural chemistry that can pull off the vibe. The band appears to have located a raptor with expansive wings. One that is boundless yet filled with angst. Put this one in heavy rotation and it will be a welcomed addition to your library, certainly deserving of an Editor’s Pick. Staff Rating: Crank this to 9.1 of 11 | Editor’s Pick
(Number 12): Show Me A Dinosaur break with the standards, pull it off and offer up a new way for the future. One of the most uncompromising, unyielding and galvanic albums released in 2016 masterfully melding post-metal, post-rock, black metal, shoegaze and screamo. No fillers and no restraint, just killer hook-heavy tracks fueled with a sense of urgency and existential angst, with “Gone” and “Wojna” both rousing and anthemic. This dinosaur has left a footprint the size of an impact crater.
These guys will kick you in the teeth numerous times, and it never gets boring with the constant change of intensity and pace
What happens on Show Me A Dinosaur is simply beautiful, passionate and emotional
Show Me A Dinosaur
This genre-defying band, consummate masters at blending post-metal, post-rock, shoegaze and ambient doom, felt an unwavering desire to also explore a far more desperate and harsher black metal sound, to persuade listeners to identify what is truly important to them and shift the focus of their determination. Music that would awaken their decisiveness to fearlessly choose to walk their own path, away from those who hate, who seek only war and require the sacrifice of happiness and self-respect.“Show Me A Dinosaur” is a juggernaut of raw emotions and technical prowess, fueled with a sense of urgency, encouraging listeners to follow their bliss and live life to the fullest.