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4 stars VULTRESS is a recent American alternative-prog-metal band who made a name for themselves with the release of a 70-minute long title album tinged and oozing with progressive influences. This limit EP album is much more fit-in let's not hesitate to say it, it starts with HAKEN, LEPROUS from afar, closely for the presence of Raphael here above, who likes to mix his cello in singular experiences and ultimate and Raphael who did not hesitate to lend his strings and his fingers to give an even more heterogeneous meaning to the proposed sound, of COHEED and CAMBRIA for the nasal voice in a good sense of the word and a little also of the madness of SYSTEM OF A DOWN in their great period; a rather hilarious album due to this diversity. Let's throw ourselves headlong into it. "Hypnopompia" to an aria by Debussy or Bach, not from the elders of desire, that is closer, to Raphael who now works in LEPROUS and opens the ball with a dark and austere serenade, bringing "Cmdr Hall and Wherewithal" in a lineage quickly characteristic; djent, yes, an aria la ANYONE, a voice la Jelly Biafra, la Serj Tankian, la Mike Patton of FAITH NO MORE, a hilarious voice more punk than rock for a playful, dynamite track. "Tether" follows on to a more relaxed rhythm, the slow riff providing cover for Anthony's shifting voice, which is high, low, sung and a little growl; here it is a fusion of flamenco and classical limits with the introduction of cello, then a jazzy variation (ah when I say it's fashion!) then sax which further amplifies until the Crimsonian drift there, surprising this title, colorful, breathtaking but creative. "Fall into Then" with a track in the same vein, less metal heavier metal with a bass reminding me of Harris from IRON MAIDEN, which is to say that it goes far; the synth solo is just enjoyable, we weren't expecting it, it sets the mood; in any case without being prog, you can feel the prog imprint. "The call of the void" for the ballad where Anthony shows that he can have a beautiful voice if he does not torture her too much, voice that reminds me a bit of Jeff Buckley, the acoustic guitar also reminds some country songs that I used to dance It's not that long ago, but I'm pouring myself out, let's come back to this song that makes you dream, ah I hear the violin, the cello what do I know, but it's beautiful. "New Sun" the longest track starts again on the same bases with vocal flow, rhythmic rock metal alternative almost grunge at times; all you need is the chorus to have a piano declination that lets you glide along the progressive shores; it becomes crystalline, ethereal, aerial; it even goes for a moment on the kitsch synths of "Flash" by QUEEN then synthesized voices, an intimate atmosphere, as progressive as you wish, it's flat, go for a xylophone, tribal percussions, the guitar and it starts again, what is it how easy it looks to play, all i love !!

A hidden pearl, a story from the dark future about millions of humans tied up, why am I thinking of "V" in a row? Nervous tracks borrowing rapidity from the djent, alternatively creativity, a very metal album above all where you have to sit in your chair to pick the prog fruits that fall from it. VULTRESS is a band to watch closely even if there is still a lot of disparate mix, to really feel the Prog imprint that we are diligently looking for. For avant-garde musical researchers.

alainPP | 4/5 |


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