- Iron The Mind. Doom meets modern prog intro,
- Transfixing The Mental Behemoth. Mindblowingly
complex opening riff. This is then twisted delicately and very intricately
with subtle tempo changes. Drum patterns are very complex and the
track expands into a fusion of technical metal in the style of Dream
Theater combined with avant-garde death/black metal. Difficult to
sum up the overall sound as there are so many genres influencing
it, stunningly well executed.
- The Inappropriate Transition From Godliness To Hedonism.
Starts with heavy thrash onslaught. As the track unwinds it combines
elements from modern prog/techno,doom and death metal in a fluid,
and certainly never predictable, framework.
- The Iridescence Of The Lie Hides The Pain Of Truth.
Continues in the same vein as the previous track although has more
of an extreme/black metal overtone. They generate effortless power
on this one whilst retaining an incredibly complex and fluid structure
- Starving Cerebral Atrophication. Start of the
track reminded me of Mastodon in a bizarre way. The modern
prog, almost jazz, middle section is staggering, especially the
- Creeping Sentience Invades The Unspoilt Mind.
Impossible to sum up the style of this one as the influences are
so diverse. Incredibly intricate with tempo changes galore.
Unusually for me I'm going to start with the negatives. I'm really not
keen on the vocals; ok there aren't a lot of them, but when the growling
does kick in it detracts from the incredible complexity going on around
it. Some may say this is a necessary soundclash, but for me it makes
them sound like any of the extreme herd which, when they are clearly
so different from the multitude of sound-alikes out there, puzzles me.
Production needs a bit of a tweak with the bass sound being indistinct;
trust me you are not going to see a better bass player and some of the
kick drumming is very complex, but both get lost a bit in the overall
mix. Not keen on the song titles either - are they intentionally pretentious
and am I missing the point?
My overall verdict? If you get a chance to see them live watch and be
amazed. This plays almost like a concept album but that could have a
lot to do with the fluidity of the songs in general. It is a demanding
listen due to the incredible levels of complexity, but stick with it
and it is hugely rewarding. They fuse so many different genres and influences
together that it takes a huge amount of skill and musical proficiency
to make it work, which they do effortlessly. Staggeringly good musicians
the end result is intriguingly addictive and will be played to death
by me for the foreseeable future. Rumour has it they are recording soon;
get the production right and the next release could catapault them into
the elite. Fans of technical music need this in their collection - seriously
they are that good - and with a bit of luck they will be huge.