Roundtable Review: The Room Colored Charlatan – Primitives
Posted by Irmelinis
Release Date: May 20, 2014
Length: 40 minutes, 8 tracks
Genre: Progressive tech/deathcore
Studio Albums: Between Mirrors: The Quantum Immortality, 2012
Location: Indianapolis, USA
For fans of: The Contortionist, Born Of Osiris, Animals As Leaders, Nexilva, Monuments
WarpRider – This is one of those albums that needs multiple listens to truly appreciate. They remind me of Between the Buried and Me and The Ocean, but just a little heavier on the death metal spectrum. They have substance with a lot of layers to peel back and enjoy. 4.0
Irmelinis – It’s only a little more than a year ago I first encountered this band, with the unusual and memorable name, just after their beautiful debut ‘Between Mirrors: The Quantum Immortality’. I’m surprised to see them back so soon, but it’s a very welcome addition to my collection; they possess true talent and high ambitions. These guys do all the work themselves: writing, playing, producing, mixing, mastering and even the artwork.
After the first listen one word comes to mind: elegance. This album is elegant as fuck. The whole thing is naturally flowing like a strong wild river, not stopping for anything. The guitars are creating their own sweeping twists and turns through the landscape of the album, with electronic ambiance working wonderfully to smoothen any rough edges and the brilliant compositions add colour, depth and variety along the way. There’s a good dose of aggression and confident power in the music and the same goes for the vocals which are simply stunning, a perfect fit for the moody instrumentation. I wish the drums were less machine-like sounding and I wouldn’t mind if they added at least another two or three tracks to make it last a bit longer. However, it’s an impressive record and I’m happy to see the band showing progress and improvement in a large number of ways. 4.0
ChristopherMammal – The djent style of guitar seems to be cropping up in more and more prog-related music. It works well on this album, adding to its thoroughly modern metal gleam. The djent touches aren’t limited to the hard, palmed chords either – they extend into neat and ornate solos that shimmer with the residue of jazz-metal, which tends to follow where djent goes. Admirably, the band doesn’t allow the “guest styles” to dominate. All the music resonates around and returns gravitationally to the main prog death spine of the album. The album is packed with variety and complex compositions, all expertly performed. There is a depth to the music that demands further listening. I don’t mind that at all. 4.0
A Metal State of Mind Score – 4.0 out of 5
Our ratings are done on a scale of 1-5 with a 1 being an abysmal album, a 2.5 being a halfway point (an O.K. album), and a 5 being outstanding.
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