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3 stars Pretty nice debut album from the US outfit.

Their chosen musical style resides somewhere in between progressive rock and progressive metal; with the guitar as the dominating and driving instrument. The band utilize relatively complex patterns as an effect throughout, first and foremost witnessed by the drums and aforementioned guitar; and aren't afraid to throw in the odd disharmonic element at times either.

Going back and forth between undistorted electric guitar licks and slick but heavy guitar riffs, with swirlign echoing explorations as a variety on the former and slow riff patterns, drawn out riffs and quirky riff patterns with distorted and disharmonic elements as variations on the latter, the mood and atmosphere created is a peculiar one - albeit one first and foremost giving off associations towards the darker aspects of life.

Peculiar vocals is the odd element out here though, a strong, melodic voice often used in a non-melodic fashion - most times by following a different melody line than the composition - and will be probably be regarded as an alienating feature by some listeners. Still, worthwhile investigating if you'd like to investigate an act exploring musical landscapes not overly populated by other bands.

Windhawk | 3/5 |


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