Discovering new, exciting bands from around the globe has become one of my
favorite occupations, that's the reason why I'm always curious to listen to
music by young bands that are just starting out. Especially during this time,
bands work and sound different from each other and one will notice soon which
bands are here for the long run and which not. There is this certain energy in
their music, regardless of genre. One extremely hard working band that have given
100 percent from the beginning are Sweden's melodic death metallers Deals Death.
Another nice example are Distorted Harmony, an extremely talented progressive
metal band from Israel, that put out their second record at around the same time last
year. It's not only about what exactly the bands play, but with which intention
- dedication and the iron will to reach more and more people will eventually be
reflected in their music: This is the energy, the hunger I'm talking about.
Neck Of The Woods are hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia
and play progressive metal inspired by acts like Between The Buried And Me or
Misery Signals. They released a demo back in 2013. Since then, their goal has
been very clear, their direction incessantly to the top. Their eponymous
self-titled six-track EP is set to be released on the 22th of May, a record that
fans of the afore mentioned bands should, based on multiple reasons, definitely
If you decide to give Neck Of The Woods EP a go, you can
expect a very special kind of "heavy": the band's sound is consisting of closely
intertwined riffing and guitar melodies played by two guitarists, technical
drumming and punchy gutturals. The music's perpetual vivacity reminds me of
a river that just flows on and on - there's always something going on.
This record is heavy enough to please any tech death or thrash metal fan
("Torch"), surprisingly complex and multilayered to attract any progressive
metal fan ("Disavow") and last but not least, the songs are well-balanced,
capture different influences and even allow the listener to drift off sometimes as well.
all, this EP is well-made and a great release by a young, independent band. I do
recommend to give this album multiple listens, though - it's simply impossible
to process everything at once. And even after numerous passes, one will still
discover something new.
Talking about energy, one can definitely feel it here. I for one hope to hear more from this band soon - they
have the best chances to acquire renown in the progressive metal scene. After
all, it's just a matter of time and persistence.