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Fu­tur­is­tic pro­gres­sive metal with a pow­er­ful beat­ing heart

Two years on from the re­lease of their im­mer­sive de­but, Hu­man

Colour Per­cep­tion, Ital­ian prog­met­al­core quin­tet Shading’s fol­low-up il­lus­trates an in­nate abil­ity to ex­plore the emo­tional spec­trum. With overt ref­er­ences to the cy­ber­punk mo­tifs that drove films like Blade Run­ner, the en­su­ing sound is a co­he­sive af­fair that bal­ances heav­i­ness and hope with con­sum­mate ease. In­ter­spers­ing rasp­ing vo­cals with melodic nous and a sea of crush­ing riffs also makes for an al­bum that can blend at­mos­phere and weight with­out be­com­ing ar­tis­ti­cally over­wrought. Lead track Breath­less re­fuses to be con­tained. Shift­ing be­tween a rat­tling bar­rage of harsh gut­turals to spacey leads and in­tri­cate fret­work, it fades out amongst lush, sweep­ing sound­scapes. The sear­ing cleans in Yomi and Stranger sees Shading at their hook­i­est, while else­where lay­ers of melan­cholic at­mos­phere help map out the band’s depth of vi­sion. The Van­ish­ing Of Our Lore is an ex­pan­sive step to­wards an ex­cit­ing fu­ture. FOR FANS OF: TESSER­ACT, PROTEST THE HERO, NORTHLANE


The Van­ish­ing Of Our Lore


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