progressive metal needs time to open up and blossom and to get into the core of
this, the second self released EP from Swedish band Lava Engine, you need
to sit down and listen carefully in order to feel and take in the soundscapes
and sounds of theirs.
first appears to be just another spin off of bands like Porcupine Tree, Opeth
and Pain of Salvation slowly opens up and becomes a strong contender to the
aforementioned bands. Lava Engine has the flair for a soothing rhythm,
many layers of sounds and a general good feel for a strong melodyline. Their
sound is dark and depressing and they do have a darker and more aggressive
aspect to their sound as well. The singing style of vocalist and guitarist
Magnus Florin reflects the moods of the songs very well, expect in the more
aggressive parts, which really isn't his strong suit - maybe it would a good
idea to hire a real growler to handle these parts?
presented by one the strongest unsigned progressive metal band I've heard this
year, displays a band with a clear direction, a band that need to clear up a few
hick-ups before they are ready to fly. But this is clearly a step in the right
direction, and I do hope some innovative executive would stop up and take
notice, because they need to be brought to the attention of progressive metal
community, and hopefully fairly soon...