Monday 20 November 2017

Review: The Earth and I - The Candleman

Debut albums are incredibly important for many reasons. It’s a risk for any label to release a debut album. It’s important for the band to nail their sound and deliver a product that will blow the minds of those whom listen to it. It’s also the first time people will be hearing the band for the first time and this is the sound they will remember. Fortunately, The Earth and I’s debut album “The Candleman” is something that will benefit the band, more importantly the listener. These prog metallers from New York offer us a progressive metal sound that you will fall in love with. Incorporating an atmospheric sound within this fine tuned metal track gives The Earth and I a highly enjoyable and unique sound, making this a fun and over the top brutal listening experience.

The Earth and I performs with ultra precise musicianship and technicality, these guys and a gal should be the front runners for your progressive metal needs in 2017. Low end growling and mid ranged screaming, accompanied with clean vocals by Kendyle Wolven over the dynamic instrumentation blend it all together so nicely. Guitars and drum kicks are synchronized with triplets mixed in during the hectic technical riffing. The attention to detail and execution of the guitar playing is phenomenal. The guitar tone itself is incredibly heavy and audible. Bass tone is low and thick and it accentuates the guitar playing even more. Giving the overall theme and vibe of the album a rich powerful sound. Song writing is exciting and powerful, giving off a long lasting appeal that will have me listening to it for a long long time.

Recommended songs of the album are “CGMTC (Life in the Sunset Zone),” — for which the band recently released a video — “Little Frames,” “Sugar High” and closing “Skies Like Fences.” The songs I didn’t mention are great as well but these few stand out with how effective, heavy and melodic the song writing is. Crunchy, deadly and psychotic. I love this album.

The Candleman” is available from Bandcamp here.

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