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Experimental/Post Metal

3.83 | 469 ratings

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3 stars Emotionally Challenged.

It's almost uncanny how much Underworld sounds like an A Perfect Circle track, and how much in tune Cavanagh sounds to Maynard. Now that this is out of the way, I must say I am in awe of the intricacies of the band and how they change from album to album without losing their identity. They have gone away from progressive metal almost entirely and now are more an "art" band, attempting to create poetry in sound much not too dissimilar from Radiohead.

The melancholic lyrics are wonderful as always, and the playing is excellent and restrained, making sure not to go into noodling territory. The only track that really grinds my gears is the abysmal Panic which sounds pop-punkish in nature and quite a contrast from the band's usual quality. Other than this, much of the record is very solid, low-key, and artistic.

I'd suggest this album as a darker alternative to the modern style of Porcupine Tree. This album has lots of class and although it does not capture me spiritually as it has many others, it is still one heck of an album and fairly impressive given the band's roots.

OpethGuitarist | 3/5 |


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