Eighth Day Army – Holy Genocide EP
Quick introduction to the band; they're a three
piece from Liverpool comprising Jon on guitar/vocals/keyboards,
his brother Matt on bass and Richard on drums.
- Holy Genocide (Never Felt So Good). Minimalist/ambient
opening precedes an intricate modern prog riff. Vocals are a
mix of clean and extreme. Very unusual time signatures and syncopation
throughout. Lots of influences, avant-garde, space rock and
prog, both old school and modern, mixed together deftly.
- While I Fall You Breathe. Another quiet
opening leads into an accessible, almost lilting, riff. Reminded
me most of Acres Of Ocean at this point. Vocals reminiscent
of Geddy Lee at times. Tempo and complexity increase suddenly
and the intricate section that follows is superb. Vocals in
chorus for some reason reminded me of Placebo. Keyboard outro.
- Empress. Start of this track could easily
have come off an early, Peter Gabriel era, Genesis album. Complex
jazz/modern prog riff follows, very much in the style of early
Rush. This is a richly structured track which contains the best
riff of the EP about half way through; heavy, technical and
driving at the same time. Another jazz inspired section leads
into a delicate piano (and was there flute?) section before
a synthesised loop concludes. Most reminded me of Porcupine
Tree in overall feel.
Let's get the negative out of the way early on.
The production isn't the best and makes the band sound a bit thin
at times, which is a pity because the music on offer here deserves
better. I'm reliably informed they make this look effortless live,
hopefully something I can comment on soon! Musicianship is good,
and the complex songs are made to sound simple which is always
a good sign. Bass tone is very rich and the overall dynamics grab
your attention throughout. Definitely a band I'll be monitoring
closely; if you are a fan of traditional or modern prog, or avant-garde
music in general, then this could well be worth your while checking