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PASTURES

Halcyon

 

Experimental/Post Metal

3.43 | 17 ratings

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Starhammer
Prog Reviewer
3 stars The grass is always greener down under...

The debut EP from one of Australia's up and coming prog metal talents.

I first heard these guys on the 'Honor Thy Drummer' tribute album and was blown away. They stood out head and shoulders above the rest of the bands and I couldn't wait to get my hands on this release. It did not disappoint. Whilst this area of metal is a bit of crowded market these days, Halycon have definitely forged a unique sound which incorporates both technical and post-metal elements, alongside a generous serving of fusion with experimental textures. These jazz elements are especially noticeable on tracks such as Noodle 2, Nesting and Django Fett, a modern tribute to the legendary guitarist of the 1930's, Django Reinhardt.

Despite truly excellent guitar-work throughout, the individuals tracks don't feel quite as full as previous works which had a more prominent keyboard input. Aside from laying down some nice atmospheres, the only other noticeable synth comes in the form of (what sounds suspiciously like) a broken bar-code scanner.

The Verdict: A highly consistent debut, I would recommended 'Pastures' to fans of Canvas Solaris and Guthrie Govan.

Starhammer | 3/5 |

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