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Pronostic have been part of the Montreal, Quebec, Canada metal scene since their formation in 2010 and have found themselves picking up a good sized following rather quickly. The quartet recently issued their debut ep, Deviated Inner Spectrum, in mid-2012 independently and have played a variety of shows locally to support it. Should you be pulling yourself up from your perma-indented chair to get to one of their local gigs or are they your average Montreal death metal?
Deviated Inner Spectrum opens with a cinematic-styled synthetic intro track that introduces a short, clean-picked guitar segment before rupturing into a feverish electric array as soon as "Methylated Perception" begins. From this point on until the end of the content, the listener can expect to be greeted with a large variety of thrashy, uptempo rhythm riffs, powerful melodic solos that integrate diverse techniques rather than standard fast sweeps, fresh drum patterns with zesty rolls thrown in, and two sets of vocals; one high ranged and one low ranged. The rhythm riffs can be heard keeping tempo with the frantic drumming, which helps set the grounding structures for each track, while the lead guitar boasts a lot of the hooks, and the bass constantly throws in deep, twangy twists into the mix. While Pronostic are comprised of an unarguably talented set of musicians who've created a unique style of their own, the high ranged vocals fail to fit the overall sound. This isn't to say that they're done horribly, because they are rather exceptional and are comparable to Alexi Laiho from Children of Bodom, however when listening to tracks that primarily feature the low set of vocals, for example "Execution" and "Hope for Nothing", the material comes across a lot more characteristic and fitting.
The technical compositions throughout the content, especially those that are tied to the lead guitar and bass, are phenomenal and made all the more prevalent by the albums pristine audio quality. Deviated Inner Spectum also comes equipped with grade A mixing. Both of the aforementioned elements come down to being a make or break point in most technical metal albums; in most cases if the content is good, but suffers from poor mixing or a confined quality, the entire album is inevitably brought down with it. Since Pronostic is comprised of not only a bassist and drummer, but two guitarists who each contribute a set of vocals, it is incredibly important for the production to be spot-on to ensure none of the talent or musical experience is lost. The high definition audio shines a bright spotlight on the height of the guitar solos, as well as it gives much needed depth between each instrument and set of vocals; this renders the content incapable of coming off suffocated or crowded, which is appreciated due to the amount of activity present. The mixing has been executed professionally as neither the rhythm nor lead guitar fight for dominance over the other, the bass sits at a perfectly audible level, the drums linger in the background, and the vocals top off the material without being overbearing. The only exception here is that the deeper set of vocals are mixed too low, nearly inaudible while listening to the album through speakers and barely noticeable via headphones; except during a select few tracks where the deep vocals are made the main focus.
Overall, Deviated Inner Spectrum is a divine ep that is overflowing with a unique sound and an imaginative composure; the freshest of its kind to come out of Montreal in a while. The only thing truly holding this ep back are the unfitting high vocals, perhaps experimenting with using these vocals for backing purposes and pushing the lower vocals to the forefront could prove beneficial for the group on future content. Definitely a worth while listen, even in repetition and especially for technical or melodic enthusiasts. Make sure to get your asses up and head to your local Pronostic gig as soon as you can.
- Villi Thorne