Power of Metal.dk Review

Anatomy of I
Style: Progressive Metal
Release date: 25 May, 2015
Playing time: 52:46

Anatomy of I is a progressive metal band out of Rotterdam, Holland consisting of members from various other projects including Houwitser, Haecceity, and Bleeding Gods. Their album "Substratum" initially released in September of 2011 was reissued on the 25th of May, 2015. 

Let me start by saying: this album is heavy. This is one of the most forwardly heavy progressive metal bands I've listened to in a good while. One thing I really like about these guys is that they have a way with riffs. They have a tendency to develop their riffs toward a certain direction until it's unrecognizable enough to become another completely separate riff, and that's pretty cool. They'll do that or completely change what they’re doing all together. That being said, most of the heavy lifting is being done by the instrumentalists. Not because Dorrian is a bad vocalist, but because the vocals seem to fall short of the incredibly involved work the instruments are doing. The constant life being brought to this album through the guitars, bass and drums is enough to keep the music interesting, but it leaves a little bit to be desired from the vocals. Screaming, like any other vocal form, can be very dynamic and shapely, but here they just seem to be doing the same thing all the time. 

For the most part, the entire album is unrelentingly heavy, only occasionally drifting away from that for the intro of "As Eternity Ends…" where there are some acoustic harmonics, and also in "In Memoriam".  "In Memoriam" is a particularly noticeable change of pace from this album. This song is odd on quite a few levels, though. It's the last song in the album, which makes it unusual to me that it's suddenly completely different than the rest of the songs. It's divided into two sections. The first that carries itself on a synth ostinato with a whole lot of guitar solo, then bass drums on a synth string riff, then another solo on top of that. Then just like that, the album is done. Perhaps, since the two tracks before it are reissues, "In Memoriam" is its own standalone song that has nothing to do with the album. If that is the case, then maybe this sudden change is more appropriate.

All-in-all, this is a pretty decent listen, if a little oddly put together as far as the song order. I'd still definitely say this album is worth giving a listen.

01. Organic Machine
Harvest the Fallen
Washed Away
Fluid River
Banished Messiah
As Eternity Ends ...
Bound in Flesh
Organic Machine 2015
12. Dimensions 2015
13. In Memoriam
Label: Punishment 18 Records
Reviewed by: James Aaron
Date: 25 May, 2015
Website: www.anatomyofi.com