Solstice I

June 25, 2019


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The Pitch: Part 2 of a 4-part concept series for Austin, TX instrumental progressive metal band Chronologist, the EP's releasing on each Solstice and Equinox of the year.  FFO Animals as Leaders, MendelSarah Longfield

What I Like: Once more, Chronologist expertly meld djent, progressive metal, jazz, and post-metal for 4 tracks that each have their own style and personality. "Mandala" is a stunning display of sunny positivity with its bright melodies and carefree aesthetic. It's an oceanside oasis I feel as though I could climb inside for a brief vacation. "T as in Tsunami" kicks up the bpm's for some serious rock; plush with hammer-ons and pull-offs. True to its name, it brings its share of dark clouds and violent winds that threaten to knock me out of my seat. Then it's time to drift through the wreckage with "Flores." This one perfectly balances reverb-soaked, atmospheric backing guitars with a proggy lead and groovy bass fit to do battle with the legends. Finally, we close out with a more straightforward rocker in "Guarantee Denied." A suitable ending I think.

Critiques: Nitpicking again, but if the other 3 tracks are 9's and 10's, this last one is more of a 7/8. Love those harmonies, but something about it doesn't reach the same heights for me.

The Verdict: Another triumph for Chronologist and top notch example of the absolute state of instrumental prog in 2019. I really like what the band is doing with this release schedule. Each EP delivers quality over quantity thanks to their honed focus and always leaves the listener thirsty for the next one.

Flight's Fav's: Mandala, T as in Tsunami

- Review by FlightOfIcarus

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