EX­IST IM­MOR­TAL

VALIS ABLAZE/ TEM­PLES ON MARS

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Reviews - DANNII LEIVERS

THE BLACK HEART, LON­DON

Al­though sound grem­lins are de­ter­mined to re­duce TEM­PLES

ON MARS’S [7] mus­cu­lar, eclec­tic rock to fuzz, the power of the riff wins out. Tonight is their de­but show and, with a pum­melling sound that falls some­where be­tween myr­iad bands in­clud­ing Thrice, Lep­rous and mastodon, there’s much to be ex­cited about. Serv­ing up Tesser­act-es­que tech that merges ex­pan­sive melodies and ephemeral rhythms drenched in pris­matic tex­tures, VALIS

ABLAZE [7] are a cap­ti­vat­ing prospect. This is a show on home turf for EX­IST IM­MOR­TAL [8] and front­man meyrick de la Fuente looks over­joyed as he sur­veys the packed room. An­noy­ingly, the sound grem­lins have re­turned and there are mo­ments when his clean tones are lost in the oth­er­worldly mix of as­tral at­mo­spher­ics, jud­der­ing gui­tars and bloopy so­los. It’s a bum­mer on the likes of Fol­low Alone and Erode, where killer hooks are a cru­cial aspect of their bro­caded melo-tech. What we can hear sounds glo­ri­ous, though; the fu­tur­is­tic sonic ta­pes­try tran­scends the tech­ni­cal is­sues, an ethe­real de­light that trans­ports us to a higher plane.

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