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The Ephemeral

Your Burden Is Safe With Me

Review by Gary Hill

This is definitely not an obvious choice for inclusion under progressive rock, but I don't see it fitting elsewhere. That's because this music is so crazy and experimental. Noisy extreme metal merges with prog concepts and more. The songs shift and change so quickly and often. This is unique and very creative. It's definitely not for everyone, though. Then again, what is? This does land on more extreme ends, though.

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Track by Track Review
A cool electronic thing starts this. It quickly switches to frantic, hard-edged music with extreme metal vocals. The cut twists and turns in very proggy ways. It's still decidedly mean and metallic, though. There are mainstream vocals in the mix, too, and this twists to a mellower, slower proggy arrangement further down the road for a while.  Eventually it begins to build back out to more metallic territory as it continues. It gets pretty insane at times. It seems to almost restart late in the track, and it works out to something that makes me think of Dream Theater to some degree for the closing movement.
The basic mix of sounds is pretty much the same here. That said, this one perhaps lands a little more firmly on the melodic side. It still has plenty of screamed vocals and metal intensity, though.
Pineapple King
We get underway here with the sounds of a stylus on a record. Then some proggier sounds take over before it shifts toward seriously metallic territory. This things gets pretty crazy, but still manages the same kind of art-rock like movements and changes. It also drops to a mellow, electronic styled groove that really brings the modern prog reference points late in its run.
The rhythm section gets things going here. This works from there to something that seems to combine things like Primus and King's X with more metallic angles. This is full of progressive rock or art rock like shifts and turns. This has some definite extreme metal angles, but also other parts that lean more on the melodic side of the equation.
Vibe Check
The introduction on this is more melodic than some of the rest of the music on this disc. It shifts out to more of a pure alternative rock movement for the entrance of the vocals. The cut evolves and shifts and changes, though. It gets more fierce and raw at times. The general mix of sounds is pretty consistent with the rest of the set. There is a weird sort of effects like section late that seems to create a science-fiction like vibe.
Nil 1
Breathing sounds are heard at the beginning of this cut. The track fires out into driving, fierce and raw music from there. It turns more melodic further down the road. There is some pretty amazing music here, and it teeters between more melodic and extreme metal. at times the two become intertwined.
Nil 2
Much more melodic and almost trippy, this remains dark. It's also related to modern progressive rock a lot of times. It does turn heavier and more driving. There is some particularly tasty guitar work on this track, and the number has a lot of drama and style to it. It is possibly my favorite piece on the disc.
Dead Snow
This is the most solidly progressive rock and melodic track of the whole set. It's also another winner. It has so much magic within its run. That said, it turns toward some seriously extreme and raw metal territory around the half-way mark. That part works through, and then it drops to near silence. Atmospheric elements rise upward gradually. It never gets back into full song-like zones again, instead remaining artsy and sedate through the rest of the piece.

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