An­i­mals As Lead­ers

The Mad­ness Of Many

Guitar Techniques - - MUSIC -

Sume­rian Records ✪✪✪✪ ✪

Tosin Abasi’s prog me­tal trio con­tin­ues to push the en­ve­lope with this, their fourth re­lease. With two eight-strings (Tosin and Javier Reyes), drums (Matt Garstka) and var­i­ous over­dubs (synths, gui­tars) their mu­sic is cre­atively ar­ranged, shift­ing be­tween heavy djent riff­ing, soar­ing so­los and am­bi­ent chordal pas­sages. It re­quires con­cen­trated lis­ten­ing; Arith­mo­pho­bia has sitar, per­cus­sive bass, and scream­ing solo­ing within the first two min­utes! Ec­to­ge­n­e­sis nods to­wards John Car­pen­ter’s omi­nous 80s film mu­sic al­beit with throb­bing gui­tars and or­ches­tral synth. The slap­ping on In­ner As­sas­sin is most im­pres­sive; quite re­lent­less un­til the dreamy fade­out strums. There’s a sub­tle nod to Dream Theater on Tran­scen­dence with some of the al­bum’s most in­tense odd time riff­ing, while The Glass Bridge has im­pres­sive groove play­ing and fancy fret­board jumps. Chal­leng­ing, ar­rest­ing and highly vir­tu­osic; wel­come to the new breed!

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