Animals As Leaders – Self Titled

Animals As Leaders Self Titled:

So if you’re in a prog-metal band, what do you do for a side project? Why a prog-metal instrumental album of course. Tosin Abasi, of Reflux, is an incredibly gifted with the guitar. There are parts of this album that will cause any guitarist to be impressed. The trouble is that this sounds like a bad Buckethead album. The playing is technically amazing, but it just feels like showing off So after a few minutes of technical riffing, it just sounds the same and becomes monotonous. If you’re a guitar player, or you love Dream Theater, you may get some enjoyment out of this album. Anyone else should just go get Praxis album instead.

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Paira – The Barnacle Cordious

Paria The Barnacle Cordious:

There has been a movement lately in heavy music to throw everything at the wall and see what sticks. The logic being that if you cram your songs full of odd and different parts then they will be good. Truth is this writing style doesn’t work all that well. It makes songs feel half-finished and just incomplete. There are some bands who can make this style work, Lye By Mistake for example, and this isn’t one of them. It’s a shame because this band is technically very good and shows sings of good writing. The problem is these good parts disappear quickly into a haze of sweeping arpeggios and such. This is a decent album that’s marred by what feels like showing off. Hopefully future releases will show more cohesive writing.

Into The Moat – The Campaign

Into The Moat The Campaign:

Into The Moat is band that a lot of people are calling the future of extreme metal. If so, Metal maybe in for some bad years. This is a World War 2 themed death metal album. Wait sorry Technical, Chaotic Death Metal album. That means the dudes have musical chops no doubt. Time signatures are changed abruptly and what not. The problem with this is that there is no real taste to it. It seems more like the band is showing off rather than composing a good song. The other problem here are the vocals. If your band is doing complex stuff, shouldn’t you change up your vocal style at least once in a while? The singer just stays with the same growl through out the songs. It works somewhat, but it also causes songs to sound the same. I hate to be so negative, but I can’t accept this as the future of Metal. You guys as a band can do better, I know you can.