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CARVING COLOURS were born in summer 2010 as a trio, with Juan Pablo LOPEZ and Juan Antonio BARRANCO on guitars and Luisma TERAN on the drums. Bassist Julio ANTEQUERA joined them in November of the same year. Luisma parted ways with the band in early 2011 due to creative differences, and after some auditions, Luis RUIZ joined the band in April 2011, just after the trio started working on a concept EP, entitled ''An Essay on Violence''. Alex LOSA (ex-KILLEM) entered the band in September, providing vocals for the first time. This line-up performed live in multiple venues during late 2011 and early 2012. Meanwhile, more songs were written for ''An Essay on Violence'', and the EP began to take the shape of a full concept album.

In April 2012, this formation came to an end as guitarist Juan Antonio left the band. However, keyboardist Arturo PRADA (ex-ERYTHEIA) joined them shortly after. The production of their first album, renamed to ''No Way But Forwards'' in attempt to reflect both the concept behind it and the band's resilient spirit began at this point, whilst live shows continued during spring and summer 2012. Alejandro ROMO replaced Alex LOSA by the end of 2012, as well as guitarist Álvaro QUILEZ was enlisted. Thanks to their contributions, the songs in ''No Way But Forwards were shaped into their final form''.

The recording of their first album took place in DG Studios (Seville), produced by FJ Kubero and later mixed and mastered by Leo Peña at Jotun Studio and released in October 2013.

CARVING COLOURS cite influences from OPETH, PORCUPINE TREE, PAIN OF SALVATION, NEVERMORE, IN FLAMES, TOOL, KING CRIMSON, DREAM THEATER, LEPROUS. Their sound can be described like a heavy version of VANDEN PLAS with several twin guitar parts in the vein of IN FLAMES, lush keyboards and injection of brutal vocals.

Biography adopted from the band's facebook page - edited by aapatsos

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2.80 | 7 ratings
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 No Way But Forwards by CARVING COLOURS album cover Studio Album, 2013
2.80 | 7 ratings

No Way But Forwards
Carving Colours Progressive Metal

Review by Egal Dark

4 stars This album came to me by accident, and i must say that in a first listen, i was totally captivated. The development of songs, with deep lyrics, becomes quite true the history told in the album.

The songs are medium to long duration, with tonality changes and quite elaborate rhythms. Honestly there are no many bands in my country who have reached a debut album of such quality , beyond the technical details, and seriousness.

Isolated incidents is a plain song , although with some progressive touch. Reminds me of a more progressive "Maiden"

Martyr is a track that is growing in intensity, with delicious and crude lyrics , and a grand finale . Growls, grunts, shrieks and clean voices, with killer riffs. I love it.

It had to be done begins as a plaintive ballad, to become a piercing cry. Beautiful and sad lyrics.

Beheading the Hydra is another direct theme, plenty of power and "In Flames" riffs with a brutal chorus.

No way but forward is clearly a masterpiece , progressive 100%. A lot of tonality and rithm changes, seasoned with the best voice and drums lines , plus a magnificent guitar solo.

We must to keep track of this young Spanish group , see what their next step , hopefully forwards.

(Sorry for my english :S)

 No Way But Forwards by CARVING COLOURS album cover Studio Album, 2013
2.80 | 7 ratings

No Way But Forwards
Carving Colours Progressive Metal

Review by aapatsos
Special Collaborator Prog Metal and Heavy Prog Teams

2 stars ...or rather backwards

Carving Colours are a new progressive metal band from Spain and "No Way but Forwards" is their debut work and comes with an impressive cover. From the 45mins of this album, it is clear that CC invest heavily on the metal, rather than the prog, side of their music and that makes this album a rather awkward listening experience to the prog fan.

Structurally and production-wise the album is solid to the core, with twin-guitar arrangements (ala Maiden) and DT-esque heavy riffing with plenty of reverb, chop-grunging and a mix of melodic and brutal vocals. Add to this a slight djent tilt, the melodic phrasing influenced by In Flames and the thrashy blast beats by Nevermore and you get close enough to the recipe. Unfortunately, the overall package, even if it has been carefully executed and is technically adequate, prefers the regression to progression and presents an amalgam of cliche riffing of the progressive metal of the 90s (Vigilance came in mind here) and Maiden-esque nu-metal, further weakened by the cliche use of brutal vocals. The light at the end of the tunnel comes with the 15min title track which is a tad away from the above, incorporating more diverse influences in the vein of Pain of Salvation and Opeth.

Judging from this debut, there is a long way to go for CC to escape the norm but their skills and the closing track give some hope. For fans of a heavy version of Dream Theater, Nevermore, In Flames, Opeth and even atmospheric metal, their album is available for free download on their bandcamp page - check them out.

2.5 stars

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