Album Review: The Room Colored Charlatan – Between Mirrors: The Quantum Immortality


The Room Colored Charlatan is certainly a strange band name that you don’t easily forget. I don’t have an explanation as to why they choose that name, but I know they make great music. They just released a single titled ‘Nexus Point’ with Daniel Tompkins (Skyharbor, ex-TesseracT) as guest vocalist. This caught my attention, of course, since Daniel is one of the best singers out there. I wasn’t disappointed. It’s melodic and heavy, but the clean vocals in the chorus make the song a lot more varied and adds depth to it which is something I’d like to hear a little more of from this band.

Listen to their new single here:

I also decided to do a short review of their first full-length ‘Between Mirrors: The Quantum Immortality’ released in December last year on Subliminal Groove Records. If you like technical prog, this is a good listen. It’s massive, melodic and creative music, accompanied by harsh vocals and screams. They mixed in those beautiful ambient passages and relaxing guitars that are so important for creating a dynamic listening experience. And that is something I love. Extreme heaviness combined with ethereal ambience. It’s the best of both worlds.

This is an album that grew on me and needed a couple of days to sink in. It’s pretty short for a full-length, only 35 minutes, but it’s okay, it’s a very intense album. It starts with the longest track, ‘Departure’ which is a heavy piece that will show you pretty much everything of what this album has to offer. After that follows two slow, instrumental songs with beautiful soundscapes, completely different from the first and the fourth track ‘Monumental’ is another crushing tune with nice groovy guitars and great variety. I really like ‘Transients’ starting off slowly with that mournful tone in the guitars and singing just to build up into something chaotic and aggressive. ‘Connection’ is a fast-paced song with lots of proggy guitars, pounding drums and very few clean sections. I think it’s one of the best moments on the album. The closing track is a lot calmer and makes for a good ending of a highly enjoyable record.

For fans of The Contortionist, djent and progressive metal


About Irmelinis

A friend told me that I was delusional. I almost fell off my unicorn.

Posted on March 1, 2013, in Album Reviews, Tales From Bandcamp & Full Album Streams and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. You are right that is a strange name for a metal band. I think that might be just the new thing these days. Metal band names can be very misleading. Most importantly, good bone crushing metal and a great review!

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