The Pitch: Make way for a new instant classic with the violin-infused progressive death metal of Iomair via Infamous Butcher Records. FFO: Ne Obliviscaris, Opeth, Ihsahn
What I Like: This is a simply stunning work of art. I had finished up my reviews for September and was dedicated to focusing on October and November, but from the first minute of "Cast Away" I knew this had to go up as soon as possible. It would be a crime to be even a day late catching this album. I like Ne Obliviscaris and all, but those guys should really take note of what Iomair is bringing to the table: THIS is how you seemlessly incorporate violin into death metal. Laura C Bates (Völur) is an integral part of every composition, stepping up the already impressive musicianship to a higher tier. Speaking of which, I'd argue that this self-titled album features songwriting leaps and bounds more adept and consistent than Urn. From the Opeth-y guitar hooks and technical drumming to the folky strings and other additional instrumentation, to quote Radiohead, everything is in it's right place. Furthermore, the dynamics are very impressive with songs ranging from Obscura heaviness to rock, Spanish guitar, and even pure instrumental progressive (What Are You Waiting For?).
Critiques: The first half is noticeably stronger than the second, but even so I am absolutely captivated by this music.
The Verdict: BUY THIS ALBUM. It stands out from the pack and Iomair absolutely kill it on all fronts. I guarantee that you won't be able to put it down once you press play. It's only 9.99 CAD for digital OR CD on Bandcamp, which is just over $7 US. That's a steal.
Flight's Fav's: Cast Away, By Design, Dance Of Eternal Insanity
- Review by FlightOfIcarus
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