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Canvas Solaris


Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.06 | 74 ratings

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4 stars Canvas Solaris - Penumbra Diffuse 4.25 stars

The band dedicates this album to Denis D'Amour of Voivod for being a true genius and visionary. Perhaps that train of thought propelled Canvas Solaris to extend their thinking capacity just a little bit further.

This is a more diverse effort then the debut album. There is so much more acoustic sections, atmosphere, heavy synths and some new influences like jazz fusion, Middle Eastern, Indian and African styles of playing. The production is a lot more crisp and polished unlike the raw sound of 'Sublimation'.

Besides the changes and dominance of more influences outside of technical metal there is still the traditional sweet sound of the band. Nathan Sapp and Ben Simpkins throwing guitar lines on top of each other to no end and constant changes of signatures and dynamics are still afoot. They really threw in their acoustic work a lot more, adding them into the heavy and soft sections a lot. Speaking of which, there is a ton of more soft sections on this album. Hunter Ginn still shows that he is an amazing drummer and adds a lot of percussion on this album, using many tribal instruments (nearly 10 different ones I believe!).

A very concise and expansive album featuring a wide array of sounds all melted into a technical metal format that remains hypnotic. I can recommend this album to just about anyone. Incredible music.

ProgBagel | 4/5 |


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