Tampa, Florida locals Akeldama recently signed with Rogue Records America, upon doing so the six-piece progressive metal band re-mastered their self-titled EP Akeldama and released it through their new label. While Akeldama is certainly not your average prog-metal band, they provide listeners with all of the technical elements of the genre that we love.
The EP commences with “Dream Sequence”, a track that is insanely intriguing from the beginning. The introduction starts off a bit slow with a beautiful melody that gives the song a somber feel. The song begins to build-up as this melody starts to crescendo and eventually leads listeners into a much more intense and hardcore guitar riffThis sets listeners up for the intensity that unclean vocalist Connor Reibling provides about a minute into the track. Shortly thereafter clean vocalist Andrew Zink shines through and balances out the intensity of the track with Coheed and Cambria styled vocals. The song ends on a high note with a crazy set of guitar riffs that slowly fade out and ultimately tie the whole track together.
The EP’s second song “Motionless; Emotionless” is a whole new kind of beautiful and dark. This song also starts off with a soothing and calm melody, but differs from “Dream Sequence” in that the instrumentals kick in while this melody is still playing. The unclean vocals come in so smoothly that I almost didn’t even realize they had started until about thirty seconds in, but that does not mean that they’re not memorable. If anything, they simply flow so well with the song. At the end of the first clean vocal verse there is a scream flawlessly paired with a breakdown that will send chills down anyone’s spine. When the clean vocals are re-introduced, the instrumentals slow down to accompany the Zink’s calming voice that eventually end the track beautifully.
“Practically Perfect”, the EP’s final track starts off with a melody paired with a choir that one would expect to hear at a funeral. The instrumentals kick in along with this choir and combine to make something that sounds beautifully dark. This song is set apart from the others in the record in that the singing is always paired with the screaming to create an excellent balance that works incredibly well with the beautiful and catchy guitar parts. The track ends with a somewhat long instrumental piece that closes the EP off quite well.
All in all, Akeldama’s re-mastered self-titled EP Akeldama will definitely appeal to any fans of prog-metal and in addition, is available for free download, so that’s another definite plus. As previously stated by MEB founder Andy in an editorial Akeldama is certainly a band to look out for as they could easily be the next big thing in the prog-metal scene.