ARISING EMPIRE Paris’s progressive metallers learn to bring the smooth with the rough
Kadinja’s 2017 debut, Ascendancy, offered a raucous introduction to their djent-infused brand of progressive metal, and their follow-up continues in much the same manner. Returning fans will revel in the opening trio of riffheavy headbangers packed with darting guitar riffs and rhythmic intellect, Empire and Strive proving particular highlights. Super 90’’s sharpest edges still cut with the same precision, but it’s Kadinja’s more reserved entries that present the most alluring content. Icon’s vast, atmospheric chorus sees melodies soar with breathtaking grace, and the acoustic Episteme is truly sublime. Super 90’ beefs up in all the right places, but the added layers of depth allow for some truly memorable moments.
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