Canvas Solaris
Cortical Tectonics
Style: Instrumental Progressive Metal
Release date: June 8th 2007

Music for musicians! Thinking mans music or what ever you want to call this kind of metal is once more what we are dealing with here. And just like it was the case with last years 'Penumbra Diffuse' album this is a hard thing to swallow unless you are a totally tech-freak.

The songs quickly wears me out, even though I would never claim that they sound similar, because diversity is one the strong points on this album. They jazz out displaying their skills as outstanding musicians, mixing styles like fusion, jazz, metal and rock into a symbiosis of challenging soundscapes.

If I should base my rating on their talent alone then I would rate this one as top-notch, but I demand a lot more of an album - like song structures that I can relate to and most important follow, melodies and a general feeling of enjoyment. And I can't say this album offers my ears that all the way - granted they are very good musicians and in this very small niche of metal they belong in the champions league.

But to win me over they need to focus more on melody lines and I do miss a vocalist every now and then. They have made a step forward with this album, but not a move in the right direction for fans like me. Canvas Solaris has nevertheless recorded an interesting album if you are into this style. But mind you it's a big if! But if you are up for the challenge, then I suggest you listen to the closing track: "Reticular Consciousness" - 17 minutes of great instrumental rock.

Label: Sensory Records
Provided by: IntroMental Management
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: June 17th 2007