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Review by Gary Hill

I previously reviewed another set from this act and landed it under heavy metal. I'm putting this set in that category, too, but it could almost fit under progressive rock, as well. The style of metal is modern and leans toward shoegaze a lot of the time. Yet, there is plenty of furious music here, too. There is good amount of variety here, and that serves it well,

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Track by Track Review
The Isolationist
This comes in tentatively and a bit moody with a distorted, but melodic, vibe. It gradually begins to grow. Vocals join as it approaches the two-minute mark. They bring more of that moody element. This gets quite hard rocking and really starts to resemble shoegaze as it drives upward.
Now, here we get a furious metal stomper. This is literally a screaming cut. It's high energy and fierce.
The Last Floating Stage
Starting a bit like the middle ground between the two previous pieces, the vocals on this one are shouted at first. The cut has a lot of ferocity. It gets into something that reminds me of Jane's Addiction further down the road. The screaming returns as this pounds through later. It's quite a diverse cut. There is even a bit of a stoner metal break later. They twist that into a slow moving, but still incredibly intense jam from there.
Color of Hope
Another raw and furious screaming piece, this thing is so fierce. It has some definite hints of shoegaze, but is all modern metal in the early sections. They work it out to a melodic movement later, though, with sung vocals. That section has a real prog rock kind of vibe to it. It shifts back to more metal zones after that, though.
Tin Ear
Drums bring this into being, seeming to come out of the previous piece. That holds the track for a while. Then the bass powers into add to the arrangement. Screamed vocals come in over the top of that as it works forward. When the guitar drives in it, the piece really soars and scorches. This is a killer tune and a great closer.
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