The Pitch: FlighOfIcarus goes in cold with the chill new EP from highly lauded progressive metal act The Contortionist via Entertainment One. FFO: Leprous, Tesseract, Between The Buried And Me
What I Like: I somehow managed to skip this band for many years despite their massive popularity, and I thought that it would be fun to finally, and somewhat arbitrarily, jump in with this new EP. As a complete outsider with no reference point beyond what I've been told by fans, my first reaction is that I expected something heavier. But once my expectations were adjusted, I found myself experiencing similar feelings as with the likes of Chevelle or even Seether with some Tesseract thrown in to up the complexity. That may sound odd to longtime fans, but I can't shake the early 2000's radio vibe of Our Bones. It's a very chill and often nostalgic experience perfectly capped off by a cover of my favorite song of all time: The Smashing Pumpkin's 1979.
Critiques: It seems clear that this is among the project's most clean releases, which may turn off fans of the heavier material. But having no context of that and able to experience the EP as a completely independent entity, it's great for what it is.
The Verdict: Our Bones is a solid little EP that stands well on its own and makes me yearn for the days that radio played something with at least a little more edge than 21 Pilots. My perspective may vary greatly from those who have been with the band since the beginning, but I suggest you check it out unless you are only a fan of all things hard and heavy.
Flight's Fav's: Early Grave, 1979
- Review by FlightOfIcarus
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