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Deep Limbic System


Crossover Prog

4.36 | 21 ratings

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An excellent EP from this Mexican band! To me, as a Mexican, it is always a pleasure to find new (or old) bands from my country whose talent make me feel proud and eager to share their music to anyone, because we need to do that, we have so many great bands and musicians who need our support, who deserve our support and to spread the word first in our own country, and then all around the world. As you know, one of my favorite ways of supporting them is writing reviews, because I know some people read me and some trust in my tastes and album's descriptions.

Deep Limbic System is a band I discovered a few weeks ago, thanks to a friend's radio show who invited another friend that has a prog label and who told us about this young band, whose next record will be released under Azafran Media. When he spoke about them I immediately looked for their information in Social Media, so what I found in Facebook and then when I knew their EP could be listened on music platforms, I did not hesitate and ran to listen to 'The Embryo', which was released in 2014 and that has surprised me so positively.

In this release you will hear five compositions and a total time of 28 minutes of modern progressive rock, with a hard, jazzy and experimental sound. The first track 'Amniotic' is a two-minute introductory song that starts with saxophone, some seconds later acoustic guitar joins as well as piano, the sound is pretty nice, delicate and well elaborated. It leads to 'Dysania' which opens with piano and then explodes with the addition of keyboards, strings and drums. Just before reaching the first minute, vocals enter in English, reminding me a bit of Riverside and Leprous' singers. The instrumental passages are a great blend of prog metal with spacey atmospheres. The composition is very well built, so the great quality of these musicians is simply evident.

'Orison' is the longest composition, reaching almost the 10-minute mark. It is another great composition, one can easily dig and enjoy it; I love the guitar work here (main and back guitars), they produce wonderful nuances that allow us to enter to a hypnotic trip to Deep Limbic System's realm. After a couple of minutes saxophone enters and a new structure seems to being built up; nice piano and drums decorate the music, while the vocals enter singing softly repetitive lines. Though the atmosphere is kind of soft and calm, some kind of tension is perceived somewhere. It is a great track that surely would be loved by the Riverside-Opeth-Haken fans, but that any prog rock fan could appreciate.

The last ten minutes of this EP run with 'Owls' and 'Farewell'. The earlier is a shorter track that offers a delicious blend of latin jazz and atmospheric rock, it contrasts with the previous song, it is different but also great. And the latter is a great progressive rock track which also has a soft sound, slow tempo that progresses little by little. It is not easy to classify their music, because you might be listening to post rock moments while in some seconds they give us some kind of alternative rock, and in others psychedelic tunes. This particular song is pretty dreamy, peaceful and hypnotic in the first half; later it changes a little bit with a disarming guitar solo and a heavier sound. I like it a lot and I think it is a great way to finish this solid EP.

I am eager and curious to know what this Mexican band has to offer, because this release is just an example of their inherent greatness. I think they will give us so many positive reactions soon!

Enjoy it

memowakeman | 4/5 |


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