Apparently Tool are unable to make any music because they’re getting sued. That’s really annoying. So, since Karnivool managed to fool everyone into thinking Asymmetry was an avant-garde masterpiece and not a confused, muddled, self indulgent mess that somehow won every award at the 2013 ARIAs (Amity got robbed…), who then will step into the vacant slot left by Maynard & Co.?
Enter, stage left: Empty Yard Experiment, or EYE. The United Arab Emirates isn’t the kind of place you would normally associate with progressive metal, but then, Scotland isn’t the kind of place you’d associate with sun, but they turned it on for the Commonwealth Games this year. Dead set, though, EYE are good. Really good. Like, Max Brenner tutti fruiti waffles good. You know that’s good, man. Their new album, Kallisti, is reminiscent of Tool-esque prog metal blended with Opeth and Porcupine Tree. Sounds ludicrous, but it works damn well, and way better than Asymmetry. Dammit, Karnivool, what the hell were you thinking? Sound Awake ruled so hard, and every song on Asymmetry made your old stuffs’ stock go down. Gah!
Ahem. Anyway, this record is bitching. It’s pensive, cataclysmic and everything in between, and in all the right places, too. It’s brilliantly composed. Colossal in scope and ambition, any review I write won’t do it justice. In fact, I’ve deleted this review and started again about five times over last fortnight. No wonder these guys opened for Metallica a couple of years ago. It’s really cool to listen to a bunch of kids rocking a riff that would make Adam Jones shed a single, heroin-laced tear, and then bust a Heritage-era Opeth rock n roll breakdown in the same song.
I honestly love this record, but I feel like it’s missing something and I know exactly what it is. This is a style of music that is only truly experienced in a live setting, with groin-grabbingly good bass and trippy visual effects. That’s what it’s missing: the fact that audio has no visual facet. In short, these guys need to get their arses over to my neck of the woods so I can sit back and let the music wash over me in a wave, like that Deftones show last year.
So yeah. The only drawback to Kallisti is that it’s a record that belongs in the live environment, but remains hopelessly trapped within the confines of an audio recording, like a killer whale at Sea World. Kallisti simply becomes harder and harder to listen to with repeated playbacks because all you can think is how much better it would be if it was being performed in front of your face. Still, my only complaint is that it’d be better live and that’s true of every rock and metal record. I guess it isn’t even a complaint, then, more of an observation.
Pick this up ASAP, friends.