01. Good Grief
02. Animal Kingdom
04. Set & Setting
05. Sleep Deep
06. Do What Scares You
07. Sleight in Shadows
08. Day 15
09. Worlds Aside
Precisely 5 years on from the discharge of their wonderful “Lunar” debut, WITHOUT WAVES are in an uncompromising temper. “Good Grief” kicks off the Chicagoan quartet’s second album with a flurry of machine-gun riffs and cudgeling, syncopated beats, and the impression is simple. When the track takes a peculiar detour via dubbed-out post-rock earlier than exploding once more with much more unhinged depth, this band’s subversive streak is writ giant throughout each observe. You would possibly even name WITHOUT WAVES a progressive metallic band, had been it not for the truth that no prog metallic band has ever gave the impression of this earlier than. Songs like “Animal Kingdom” and “.algorithm” are unashamedly excessive and infrequently fiendishly advanced, however in addition they refuse to be rendered monotonous via senseless aggression. On “Animal Kingdom”, haunting melodies stand up from the multi-limbed battery of riffs and dissonance; on “.algorithm”, the fractious, blast-peppered groove that drives issues alongside recedes halfway via and nudges open a door into noirish, FAITH NO MORE-esque territory.
Finally, you could possibly tie your self in knots attempting to pin WITHOUT WAVES all the way down to a selected subgenre or sound. At their most epic and exploratory, they sound like they’re having an obscene quantity of enjoyable: “Set & Setting” is an outrageous, seven-minute maze of nice riffs, evocative dissonance and mellifluous vocal harmonies, all expertly blended for max theatrical impact, whereas “Do What Scares You” is a feast of bug-eyed macabre and mechanistic pounding with a tripped-out, psychedelic heart. Most startling of all, “Sleight in Shadows” begins with luxurious vocal harmonies that appear to vow the arrival of some wildly accessible prog tune, earlier than a brutal, berserk torrent of fireplace and brimstone breaks the spell. When that opening vocal riff returns on the track’s finish, skimming alongside the floor of WITHOUT WAVES‘ eerily exact collective assault, it is a chic and audacious second to savor. In distinction, each the gently meandering “Day 15” and shimmering shoegaze waltz “Worlds Aside” show that this band could be masters of restraint, too.
They reinforce the purpose with slow-build nearer “Seven”: a merely magnificent, multi-part prog epic that builds and evolves with RUSH-like authority and only a trace of madness.
The world wants extra music as liberated and fearless as this. Good, authentic and intermittently nasty sufficient to knock your tooth out, “Comic” isn’t any laughing matter.
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