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Is it Worth It Staring at This Abyss Here? - 64%

bayern, May 14th, 2020

Well, if you aren’t aware of the existence of the much more interesting first coming, then I guess it is. But if you are, then this effort would be only mildly entertaining. To put it short, the band’s debut is a spastic nervy conglomerate of math-rock tricks and more aggressive thrash-fixated walkabouts, a challenging listen that can be viewed an inspiration for the later-sprung mathcore wave.

On the album reviewed here the guys have altered the formula in a way quite comparable to what Confessor did on “Unraveled” as the Americans also abandoned their crooked, audacious style from the first coming to a fair extent, replacing it with a more conventional, less adventurous song-writing. I’m throwing the Confessor name here cause this album also has this insistent doomy/balladic aura which precludes the more dramatic math rhythms from taking a fuller shape. So the latter aren’t completely missing from the picture, but it’s hard for anything more restless to get stirred with dreamy fragments like “Matter Metropolis” and “Grey” occupying the front seat, making signs of rebellion like the quarrelsome bouncy “Vive La Republique” appear more like unruly behaviour than stylistic enhancements. Wherever there’s some restlessness encountered (“Cypress Era”, “Stagnant”) it sounds more like a nod to the grunge/alternative fraternity than a look back at the debut, the laurels going to the vegetable… sorry onion garden… yes, it’s on “Onion” where the band display bigger musical prowess producing a subdued creepy drama which wouldn’t be too awkwardly sitting on Confessor’s first even.

The singer does an even better job here, but he’s the only one that truly shines. His not excessively emotional but steady clean timbre exudes authority and warmth as the not very dynamic delivery gives him more chances to show his more lyrical side. I’m not quite sure if this outing could be deemed a missed opportunity… a jarring neurotic approach as the one from the debut could have had one more shot at glory… Spastic Ink entertained it for two efforts; Sieges Even hung in there for two similarly-styled outings, too, in the mid-90’s… our friends from Derby could have exerted themselves for another assembly of contorted mathematical formulas…

not too many of the kind on the album here as this is more of an alternative/progressive metal/rock slab. Apparently the bigger more renowned label demanded less demanding, more mainstream music… I’m talking about Music for Nations with which the guys signed for this second instalment. Well, whatever it takes to keep your masters happy, and to delineate yourself as much as possible from the challenging math competitions.