IDEK is a band I covered on this very blog awhile back. I reviewed their last release, and the new single, Approaching Storms, is slated for release on February 2nd 2018.
What I did not expect from the band though, is how much they have progressed in such a short time. Their last release, was a good slab of modern metal with many influences, ranging from Djent to Dillinger Escape Plan.
The upcoming single "Approaching Storms", is in a way, a more streamlined approach, but in this case, it's a good thing in that the influences have congealed in a way that is accessible without being compromising.
To me, just this song alone blows away the previous release right out of the water.
Rather than taking aspects of the various styles and mixing them with overtly commercial elements, it's more like they took the various elements and made a real fusion of them all, that by default, is more streamlined, but in an excellent way that is still challenging musically.
This is a difficult juggling act to do, as many bands do attempt streamlining their sound with disastrous results.
But for every Motley Crue Theater of Pain, Megadeth's Risk or Morbid Angel's Illud Divinium Insanus, (or hell, let's just throw Metallica's Black Album (as controversially that's a sacred cow in there as well while we're at it), there's also an Anathema Judgement, Amorphis Elegy, or Opeth Blackwater Park - albums that retain the innovation and musical challenge of albums past but mixing it with a refined sensibility
That is pure catchiness.
I was also taken aback by the eerie and almost chamber music like melody the song had, and the very effective vocal lines in the song.
A few parts at least melodically, even reminded me a little bit of the underrated Canadian Metal act, Unexpect, or there may be a little bit of modern Ihsahn or Leprous in there too.
Don't worry though, for all the talk of melody, the heaviness is still intact, but it's combined with an infectious style that draws upon the more progressive aspects of modern metal.
Overall, the single shows a lot of promise, and I am looking forward to an upcoming longer release!
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