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4 stars This is quite an impressing new statement from the Oklahoma based VANGOUGH. Sometimes close to Fates Warning in style, though missing any keyboard input on the other hand. Clay Withrow has an unique singing voice available for sure and adds some doomy guitar riffs here as well. This will be recognized soon when starting with the song Morphine. Also subtle growls, which won't spoil the feel though, when it comes to my taste. While constantly alternating between heavy and atmospheric impressions, this additionally reminds me at the likes of Tool, Pain Of Salvation, Opeth at some point.

So the following Dust confirms at best where the influences are coming from. 'We are the children of machines' ... eh, I do not hope so, a metaphor for sure ... catchy, a nearly charming exemplar is on the run. The Suffering appears as a rather eclectic implementation then. Instruments and vocals are damn variating, for example we are faced with contrasting innocent acoustic and crashing electric guitars. Excellent one! The extended Black Rabbit always makes my day too, just a wonderful exploration into exclusive song writing heights.

Being about one year in the making 'Warpaint' represents a song collection of much thoughtfulness. Really enjoyable. Sorta melodic prog metal stuff I often came back to in recent times. Double tracked guitars are remarkable overall, as if they were a quartet actually. That means, regarding the stage appearance at least, they definitely will need a second guitarist to accomplish their objectives during their next tour, which is still in preparation. Attention, the rabbit is alive and on the run again!

Rivertree | 4/5 |


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