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THE ASSEMBLE EP

Look To Windward

 

Experimental/Post Metal

3.02 | 5 ratings

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The Block
3 stars Looking forward

"The Assemble" is an EP from new progressive metal artist, Look to Windward. The three songs on it are from their other 2010 release, "Fortunes Haze". It includes a good progressive metal sound mixed with decent vocals and some growling. It also includes some avant-garde feel in it. The first song "Vad Åskan Sade" starts off with a very avant-garde feel, with sound effects and some good drumming and guitars. The drumming on this EP is very solid, providing a good beat to support the underlying tones of both the acoustic and electric guitars.

The vocals on this album change a lot from one song to the other, even though there are only three songs on the entire EP. The first section of "Vad Åskan Sade" has very light and drifty vocals to it, which go along nicely with the deep guitars. Andrew McCully makes decent use of the keyboards, making long drawn out note values with it. This blends in with the vocals, in that light feel. Then the song drifts into a more metal phase, with much heavier guitars in it. The movement of going from softer metal to much deeper, heavier metal adds to the songs overall feel.

The growling on this album is ok, to say the least. It has a lot of movement to it that is punctuated with deep guitar licks, and powerful drumming. The second song, "Assemble", is mostly all progressive death metal; it's driven mostly by Benjamin Morley's growls, which are much better on this song. This song features almost no keyboards, which I tend to like with my death metal, especially when it is progressive. This song sounds a lot like Death would if they were much more progier.

The production on this album is very clean and much like the rest of today's modern prog bands. Nothing in my mind sets this apart from other EP's or albums that I've listened to in the past, making it an average at best album. The band has lots to look forward to, since both Benjamin Morley and Andrew McCully have good talent and sound. For Look to Windward's good, but promising EP, they get 3 stars.

The Block | 3/5 |

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