On July 12, Fair to Midland released their latest album entitled Arrows and Anchors. The alternative metal force comes strong with this release, as quality is at a triumphant high. This is my first encounter with the band and, despite my nitpicking, I am quite impressed.
The final two albums of the Devin Townsend Project are to be released on June 20. The first to be reviewed here is Deconstruction (the second is entitled Ghost). For those who haven’t been keeping up with the Devin Townsend Project, it is basically a four album collection which Townsend has been releasing over the past couple years. The first two have been well-received. As for the next two… well let’s just say here is an excellent start.
On October 12 this year, Dakrya released their newest album via Sensory entitled Crime Scene. Not far into this album, I drew several connections to the band’s music and that of Diablo Swing Orchestra. This is certainly less extreme on the theatrical side, but still has a unique, flamboyant ring to it. Its progressive, avant-garde characteristics and experimental ideas can easily push many listeners away. On the other hand, it can be a treat for open-minded appreciation.
Whether it be due to the metal female vocals or the circus-like themes, Crime Scene is definitely a unique album. Nothing overly revolutionary is done here, but it has a fresh feel. The instrumentals are all well-done, from the saxophone to the percussion to the vocals. None are emotionally stunning or virtuoso-esque ground-breakers, but still highly enjoyable. The songwriting is rich with uniqueness and diversity, able to give numerous listens without growing stale. The only issue with the album is that there is nothing to be utterly blown away by. That being said, Dakrya has produced not only something great, but something different. To fans of Diablo Swing Orchestra, do not miss this one.
My Impression (rating: B+)
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