Label: Asiluum Arts - none • Format: 8x, File MP3, Album 320 kbps • Country: Romania • Genre: Rock • Style: Progressive Metal, Prog Rock
Jest, the fist track "Friends for a While" takes us through several subgenres within metal, such as metalcore, thrash metal, deathmetal, grindcore, progressive metal, alternative metal and, to spice it up even more, the song has been generously drizzled with jazz chords and odd time signatures But "Friends for a While" is pretty much symptomatic of the rest of the album which is highly ecclectic and progressive without ever being overly technical.
Still, this is a band who are not afraid of using dissonant jazz chords, odd time signatures and unconventional song structures, and lengthy samples of the sound of small waves in a lake touching to bottom of a wooden boat.
This really is good stuff; hard-hitting metal which also has a lot of artistic appeal to it. I do have two issues with this release, though.
Firstly, I think that guitar solos are sorely lacking from this album. There are none actually. There are some guitar Sinners - White Walls - Mad Man Circus melodies, Sinners - White Walls - Mad Man Circus they work fine, but there are so many parts of the songs on this album that lend themselves perfectly to some guitar solos - and the solos could also have been used in the name of the obvious artistic mission of the band to create even Aphrodisiacal Intro - Shur-I-Kan - Fly EP variation they could have used jazz solos, shreddy solos, bluesey solos, neoclassical solos etc.
So I think it's a shame that guitar solos are absent. The other thing is the singer. Actually, Eugen Brudaru is a brilliant singer with a very unique and expressive voice.
The problem is that he also uses a lot of metalcore screaming and yelling. Now, these harsher vocals admittedly fit the hard-hitting parts, Sinners - White Walls - Mad Man Circus it's just that his clean voice is so unique and so hauntingly captivating while the metalcore screams and yells, just sound like metalcore screams and yells that it's a shame he doesn't use it all the way through the album.
I mean, it's versatile enough, and it in those place where he does use his clean voice over heavy metallic music, it works better than fine. I hope that Eugen Brudaru Sørgemarsj Til Minne Om Rikard Nordraak - Forsvarets Stabsmusikkorps, Ole Henning Johannessen - Nors use, and experiment with, his magnificen clean vocals more on future releases.
But as I said, "Mad Man Circus" is over all a very interesting and captivating heavy metal release with music that is challenging and complex enough for the listener to lose oneself in.
At times, the music reminds me of the great jazz-death metal acts Pestilence and Cynic, while at other times it's trashy or Gothenburg-like, while other parts again remind me of mid 90s Fates Warning etc. It's really great stuff! Metal for the thinking person! I recommend this to fans of progressive metal, but I think that more adventurous metalcore and thrash metal fans might enjoy it, too.
I certainly enjoy listening to "Mad Man Circus". Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker. The debut album was released as a free download and regular CD via the netlabel Asiluum Records in October The vocals range from extremely harsch hardcore vocals to uplifting clean vocals, always fitting to the exceptionally diverse instrumental content, ranging from thrashy leads and speedy runs to melodic build-ups, permanently deconstructed with surprising juxtapositions, silent acoustic breaks and moments of remarkably tight fusion-like interplay.
In consequence, the album feels like just one piece of music with the tracks flowing into a greater sum, providing an enhanced listening experience. Bio by Alex harmonium. Studio Album, 4. Thanks to harmonium. Lightfinder recordJet White Walls Poison City Records
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