Now this one is definitely a slight out of my comfort zone. Eyesolate play a style of bleak, atmospheric Progressive Metal, with Technical Death Metal interspersed into their sound too. In a bid to continue with my ever continuing broadening of horizons I decided I’d give this a look over for review.
Increate are the kind of band I wouldn’t have touched a few years ago, and those who listen to the more conventional styles of Metal can safely give this one a miss from the get go. However, those who are attracted to bizarre and abstract strands of Metal are going to want to read on.
Their style is a suffocating mesh of jangling, djenty-techy guitars. Their pacing is a mixture between slow and fast, and their songs are not too long, yet ever growing. A spiralling, haunting trudge through dank mires, their riffs claw out the speakers like skeletal branches; constricting the listener and dragging them into pits of despair. The guitar tone isn’t too overbearing. The drum work is excellent, with tasteful use of cymbals and drum fills. The bass also has a good degree of room to breathe here on Void which is just great.
The band is at their best as the album flows. A tumultuous journey on “The Crawling Chaos” that spans at almost six minutes, and drags the listener right to the heart of Increate’s nightmare world. The album cover is absolutely perfect for the music contained, with rather simplistic drawing which when observed carefully explains more.
A bizarre, and sometimes horrifying release, Increate create their atmosphere well. I’d say fans of the style are going to be in for a treat with Void.