The Mausoleums from Chicago bridged the fury of black metal and the ambition of post-metal. I Am The Mausoleum (Chinese Workers Labor Union, 2007) explored an unlikely wedding of raw metal bordering on Japanese noisecore (Insignificance, I Guess I'm Like A Prince, Maybe, Like A Prince) with intellectual metal bordering on post-rock (Lenin Not Lennon, Cicada, Running Through The Reeds).

The same schizophrenia permeated Blackened Fawns Cleanse The Earth With Fire (Chinese Workers Labor Union, 2008): the hypnotic shoegaze holocaust (Old Woman In The Woods and Livelihood) coexisting with the vehement garage attack (Skeletal and The One Who Sees).