The second album of a Barcelona based progressive metal band calling themselves Face The Maybe, The Wanderer is nothing, if not incredibly diverse. Taking the sounds of classic prog metal and a great many other styles of yesteryear, and compiling them in a twelve-track album, this is quite an ambitious project. Despite proving that the band is evidently very adventurous, the end result is an album that is masterfully crafted in the way it turns out, making for an inconsistently enjoyable piece of work.
Led onward by the vocals of singer Tomas Cunat, the music cycles through everything from classic progressive rock/metal, to symphonic, to post-rock and ambient. Overall, while I understand that the band is testing the grounds quite a bit with this one, it does feel incredibly cohesive, and the songs as a result have an excellent flow to them.
The songwriting is excellent here, it’s consistent. On top of the album feeling a bit too long for its own good, the album’s structure is in a state of greatness. Face The Maybe deliver a very good impression with their newest material, and I really hope that they will embark on tour promoting it.
Get The Wanderer from Bandcamp here.