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THE TIES THAT BLIND

Mouth of the Architect

 

Experimental/Post Metal

3.58 | 8 ratings

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aapatsos
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Prog Metal and Heavy Prog Teams
4 stars While my acquaintance with MotA continues, this is my third attempt to familiarise myself with their music and obtain some knowledge over the so-called post-sludge metal movement. After a promising debut and a fairly indifferent split with Kenoma, The Ties that Blind would be the critical one for me to decide if it is worth investing further in the band and the genre.

The album contains just 6 compositions of average duration of 11 mins (!). Contrary to previous work, the overall feeling is not that of a typical post metal album. The sound has evolved to much more progressive patterns, including more changes in tempos - mainly from slow to medium speeds - and a few odd-time signatures. In addition, the range of influences here is more spread out - one could observe riffs that resemble to Tool (closing track) and mostly to Mastodon passages.

Especially in the two first tracks, there is an abundance of heavy melodic riffs that take the style to a different level. This is probably the first time that actual ''progressive metal'' can be heard in MotA compositions. Someone could go as far and observe some riffs that bring Dream Theater and Sieges Even (!) in mind (see No One Wished to Settle Here). The vocals continue to be at the usual brutal-scream level and match the music. However, this might put the non-familiar (to extreme sounds) listeners off. A good balance of solid doom-sludge riffs and clean-guitar passages is maintained throughout the whole album, with the former being more obvious compared to previous works.

Summarising, this is a much more mature release than anything they have produced up to 2006. In this album, apart from the typical slow sludge metal, there is a great amount of experimentation with different sounds and more melodic riffs. The experts of the genre might think differently, but it might be that MotA have escaped the ISIS-NEUROSIS ''clone'' tag with this release. A very good album that deserves at least 3.5 stars and can be appreciated by post/extreme metal fans.

aapatsos | 4/5 |

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