Roundtable Review: Chrysalis – Focus On The Center
Posted by Reggie
Release Date: 12 May 2014
Length: 29 Minutes
Genre: Post Hardcore / Post Metal / Alt Metal
Studio Albums: N/A
Location: Barstow, CA, USA
WarpRider – Focus on the Center is a tough album to pinpoint to a particular genre. They are all over the place, but in the end I think the intent was to provide an eclectic mix of influence though their music. They definitely hit their mark and offer listeners an array of musical options. Funny, I think their album title eludes to what you need to do to appreciate what they are all about. I hear some Incubus, Placebo, and Coheed and Cambria. If those bands tickle your fancy, then give Chrysalis a try. 3.0
Irmelinis – Chrysalis go from Coheed and Cambria and indie/alternative rock to electronic beats, jazzy passages to metalcore aggression including hardcore-ish vocals and breakdowns. It’s quite massive and demanding to listen to, but never boring, and there are enough softer, trippy melodies to provide a little balance. Good musicianship and odd, pleasant-sounding vocals; they have a very varied, challenging sound where a huge number of influences can be heard. Best songs are the heavier ones like “Saturn Waits” and “Ms. Me”. The album is not for everyone, but I would recommend it for fans of experimental and weird alternative prog rock/metal. It’s way too short though! 3.75
ChristopherMammal – My goodness. At first I was put off by the very light voice of Yessi Burton. Then the album won me over. Burton actually sounds like a teenage Geddy Lee. He does a good growl too. His vocals and the often djenty guitar make this a metal album, although it’s just as much prog rock as metal – another one to add to my In-Betweeners that blur the genre boundaries. Focus on the Center is like a mélange of experimental metalcore, post rock, neo-progressive rock with jazz-rock flavours, and Panic! At The Disco. Overall, it offers considerable variety, interest and pleasant listening. I wish the album was longer than half an hour. 3.5
A Metal State of Mind Score – 3.4 out of 5
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Posted on May 23, 2014, in Album Reviews, Roundtable Reviews and tagged Alt Metal, Chrysalis, Djent, Focus on the Center, metal, Metalcore, Post Metal, Post-Hardcore, Progressive. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.