So, like I was saying, metal is awesome and, in addition to that, we haven’t had nudity in the blog since this, which makes it two reasons to review this EP right now.
This is well recorded. Everything is competently played, the main punch coming almost exclusively from the guitars. Since there’s no rush to develop the tracks though, you get some nice drums/bass interplay before the guitars kick in at some points, even though everything has some sort of a minimalist nature. The emotional effect comes from the distorted guitars coming and going, the guttural singing making up for the most intense moments. There’s clean singing only for a little bit in the first song as well.
There really isn’t much emotion to care for though and the singing is very sporadic. This is mostly a musical experience, prepare to pay attention to riff developments, guitar tone interplay etc., that’s where the goodies are. I don’t think anyone would be able to understand the lyrics anyhow.
The most satisfying moment might be the sludge metal indulgence on the third track, “A Shrine for the Sleepless”. It’s also the closest it gets to experimental, with some a drone-influenced mid section around the 3 minutes mark. If the sounds coming from the left speaker were made with some kind of effect applied to a guitar, I’d be interested in knowing how they did that, but it’s probably a weird ass strangled synth. This whole section, which ends with nice guttural vocals and transits to a laid back bridge might be the high point of the EP, I’d like to see more of that in future releases.
So I’m classifying this as Progressive even though there’s not really that much of it there (I’m not at awe with the guitar playing at any given point) because all the tracks at one point or another, at their best actually, dabble with progressive metal aspirations and because the song structures are interesting enough that it might award them that. The fourth track is the closest to progressive of the bunch.
I think the low point in the EP is actually the first track. It has too much repetition, living in that area between Black Metal and shoegaze or something. I don’t think it works as well as the always-changing urges of the other three tracks. Something else kind of negative I could say about this is that it isn’t very memorable, but that will probably come in future releases as the band becomes more comfortable with their own sound. The guttural singing helps in that, because it doesn’t have much melody, it’s more like screamed away spoken vocals.
Other than those two points, this is great stuff. I’ll be most interested in listening to future efforts.
Edit: Almost instant feedback on the review from one of the band members. The weird sound coming from the left speaker on the third track is actually a processed guitar. At that exact section, coming from both speakers, as well as in other moments of other tracks, I was sure I was listening to synths, but the dude says there were no synths at all in the EP, so I’m impressed. “Experimental” it is.