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CARVING DESERT CANYONS

Scale The Summit

 

Progressive Metal

3.48 | 56 ratings

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ShadowMKII
3 stars Hey everyone! I'm back! This is my second review here on PA. In case you haven't noticed, I tend to support the little guys.

I was curious about these guys because they were on an e-mail that I received from PA since I am on their mailing list. Gives me updates about what's new and stuff, and I like that kinda stuff. So, I heard about these guys in a forum, something about releasing a new album. I decided to check them out.

I found out that they are a quartet, that are about my age, and are making instrumental albums. Seeing as how I make music of my own and intend to do something similar to what these guys are doing, I decided to check them out. Like I said, I like to support the little guys, so I wanted to see what they were up to.

Well, pretty good stuff is what I have to say. There is a lot crazy drumming going on with a lot of control, but also can be very soft at times and subdued. The guitar is the exact same, along with their riffs. They also change beats and rhythms a lot in each song, but it is all positive. In other words, they have a lot of breadth of material and are varied in what they do. To me they have their own style, and it is wonderful. I am listening to the third track on the album as I write this, to tell you the truth.

If there is anything that they can be similar to at times, I would say it is Stemage. They (I can't remember if it is just one person or not) does remixes of music from the game series Metroid. (By the way, if you happen to be into games, give those games a look over. They are incredible!!) You can find the music at www.metroidmetal.com. It can be hard edged and brutal at times, but it can also be very soft and serene. What I find most similar are the drumming time signatures and choices of symbols and occasional drum throws that are different from any bands I've ever heard before. Also, the guitars share a lot of similarities, especially when there is a lot of distortion applied.

The reason why I like this album is because the entire time I feel like I am on an adventure. It takes me places, and that's awesome. It's short, compact, tight, and feels light. Albums that are longer feel like they are a bit heavier because of the amount of music in them, which is never a bad thing at all to me. I like this because it is different from that. It's short, but it is not short because it's lacking. That makes it a gem to me.

This is a 4 star album to me. It's wonderful. It's not a masterpiece, but it certainly can't be called good. For guys this age, this is so cool, especially with the kind of music they are producing. It's so different from what I would expect.

More power to them and I hope they do exceedingly well! Hell yeah!

Take it easy everyone and watch out for me later when I decide to do my next review!

Flames Burning Eternal,

Shadow

ShadowMKII | 3/5 |

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