So I downloaded the latest Lacrimm release, 'Animalic', and I must say I didn't know what to expect. Sure, got-djent has a djent-iful array of licks and tricks honed together into awesome tunes, but you never know what kind you're going to get. Will it be a clone of some other band, an attempt to fit into the djent mould that really doesn't seem to exist in a specific category, or will it offer up something truly unique? I have to say, I like what this band did with the EP.
Quality over quantity. That's what I find really appealing in EPs. At least in my experience it seems that they are a quintessence of the best tracks from the upcoming album, leaving no room for mediocre songs. This is exactly the case with the latest release of the lads from Milton Keynes, Invocation.
Hailing from the Massif Central region of France, where relatively little seems to happen, The Nocturnal Chaos exude the reflective attitude which one grows accustomed to in the stunning landscapes of the Massif.
According to Wikipedia, a ‘Solar Plexus’ is “a complex network of nerves located in the abdomen, where the celiac trunk, superior mesenteric artery, and renal arteries branch from the abdominal aorta.” While it sounds very cool, naming your EP after a group of nerves in your gut seems odd to me.
It’s surprising when one comes across a band that is completely unheard of with a sound that is as polished as a long-standing professional outfit. To a lot of djent fans, it’s more rewarding because it’s as if you have something that so few other people have. Also, if the band are still in their early stages, you can watch them grow and become the big name that you knew they deserve to be.
Deathcore, as I like to say, is a lot like cinnamon. If you try to eat any amount alone, with noting else, you'll gag - but if you mix it in with other things, you can create a delicious cinnamon bun, or maybe a pie of some sorts. Either way, it's bound to be great. Fractals' debut, 'Paradox', was a stellar album and probably the best free album I've yet to download. This was largely due to the cinnamon bun effect- they combined deathcore with heavy atmospheres and very pretty melodies, and created something I'd never heard before. After that deliciousness, I was more than eager to download the fiver (well, four) track 'Corridors' EP, and get another slice of the pie. But did they change the recipe? And for better or worse?
What is Islands' music? Imagine a modern hardcore band mixed with some technicality and some truly catchy riffs. If you have ever read a review of mine, you know that I don't bullshit. I make reviews to help people find good bands to suite their musical tastes. Islands is a prime example of a djent band that isn't just technical time signatures, quick mutes and opens, or staccato and legato insane.
Browsing through got-djent.com for music is a lot like panning for gold: most of the time you bring up rocks, with the occasional sprinkling of dust on them. On occasion, you'll find a tiny nugget - an interesting song, maybe an EP with some good tunes on it, but nothing to write home about. Then every once in a while, you'll hit the jackpot: a well-played, well-written, well-mixed, well-recorded, full-length album. Fractals' 'Paradox' is one of those.