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Experimental/Post Metal

3.02 | 4 ratings

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The Crow
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3 stars Second album of this personal and special Finnish prog-metal band!

And just like A Wave to Carry of Out, the equally self-produced The Wait is another travel into a very oppressive and dark prog-metal world, full of influences of post-metal and alternative bands like Tool and other experimental acts like Neurosis or Voivod.

Luckily, with The Wait Tuomas Rajala and his colleagues achieved a much more compelling and diverse song writing, with some glimpses of more positive melodies (the initial piano of Ascend, the beautiful guitars of the beginning of A Delayed End), post-rock (Kalmisto) and even classic heavy metal (some riffs of As Barriers Falls), which along with the original drumming of Rajala and some very Nauticus-sounding guitars and piercing bass lines, make this album more than a Tool-wannabe.

Sadly, some repetitiveness in a pair of tracks, the weak and ugly vocals of Jani Ramo and other forgettable moments like Their Whereabouts prevents this album to reach a higher rating.

Best Tracks: Constructing the Liquid Plains (an oppressive crescendo in the vein of Tool), A Delayed End (I specially like the initial guitar melody) and Kalmisto (a fine post-rock tracks which reminds me to the British band Blueneck)

Conclusion: The Wait is a much better produced and written album than the Nauticus previous effort A Wave to Carry Us Out. And it's also more diverse, melodic and catchy, resulting in an estimable album very appropriated for people who like the most alternative and avant-garde branch of prog-metal.

My rating: ***

The Crow | 3/5 |


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