WHEEL THE DI­VIDE (UM­BRELLA)

Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews -

FOR FANS OF: A Per­fect Cir­cle, Tool, Deftones ■ The Di­vide is the sec­ond EP in as many years from Fin­nish prog quar­tet Wheel, and although it’s teem­ing with ideas, it’s a record that never quite man­ages to click into gear. Open­ing track Please be­gins with a stomp­ing rhythm that prom­ises much, but doesn’t re­ally go any­where, while the dreary acous­tics of It’s Over Now never be­come more than a bit of a dirge. The EP’S eight-minute­long cen­tre­piece, Pyre, is the only point where the wheels are some­what in mo­tion, with gui­tarists James Las­celles and Roni Sep­pä­nen’s riffs be­ing pretty im­pres­sive. The prob­lem is that, de­spite Wheel clearly hav­ing a vi­sion for The Di­vide as some­thing of a prog-rock odyssey, it all feels rather un­re­mark­able, and not even the spik­i­ness of James’ po­lit­i­cally-charged lyrics or the in­tri­cate so­los on show can save it from get­ting com­pletely lost in it­self. This lot’s wheel is just about still spin­ning, but they re­ally need to pick up the pace if they want to go any­where. JAKE RICHARD­SON

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