Distributor/label: Prosthetic Records
Distributor/label URL: https://prostheticrecords.com/
Buy Album: https://store.prostheticrecords.com/b/without-waves
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/withoutwavesmusic/
Anthony Cwan – Vocals/Guitars
Zac Lombardi – Guitars
John Picillo – Bass
Garry Naples – Drums
1. Sewing Together the Limbs
2. Poetry in Putrid Air
3. Us Against
4. Never Know Quite Why
5. Victorian Punishment
7. Lost Art
9. Momento Mori
This band from Chicago was formed in 2010 and has had a few releases before this album. They say that they combine extreme metal to jazz fusion to atmospheric rock to progressive rock, but to me it’s mostly extreme metal.
I put this album on with the expectation that they would have an interesting mix of styles, but as I listened to the songs, I got the feeling that they really were more interested in the extreme metal part of the sound. Between the growling, guttural vocals with some clean singing mixed in, and the pounding music, they had nothing to offer except a take on metal that wasn’t interesting. Then I get to “Us Against” and low and behold, a song that mixes things up a bit. The vocals are mostly light, but do get harder in parts, and the band is playing heavy, but it has a lilt to it that is refreshing and gets the hairs standing up. It was a fantastic diversion from what went before it and I just had to play it again before carrying on.
“Never Know Quite Why” carries the preceding song’s sound on and makes for another great song. Then, it’s back to the screaming and Djent style of music. “Lost Art” truly is another gem on here with its long time-frame and being a fine example of progressive rock. “Fractals” has a nice mix of progressive and a bit heavier rock mixed together. Sadly, the last song is back to the extreme metal that really did nothing for me.
The band is really good, with tight playing, interesting lyrics, but seems to have an identity problem to me. They need to pick which style they want to play and stick with it because the extreme metal and progressive music don’t gel at all on this album. If they do more progressive music, I’m so there!