MetalBite Review by Adam M on 3/5/2015
merge so many different sounds from the heavy and dynamic to the subtle and powerful to craft a progressive album that is very distinct, though one can certainly hear some strains of the band Tool
ís sound, for example. Every song has a wonderful array of instrumentation and many are absolute centerpieces for the progressive metal genre in general. How does the shift towards more gentle sounds on the second album function? Well, the approach certainly is unique, but unlike the musicianship, Iím not sure if itís executed quite as elegantly. While the song-writing and performances always approach perfection, the balance of the album is perhaps a little less close to that moniker.
The use of guitars including the phenomenal acoustic ones used on this double album is absolutely phenomenal, though, whether the band occupies heavier or softer musical avenues. The album Tellurian
also approaches the sound of the band Tool
or even the band Dredg
, but that quality album doesnít even come close to the job that Arcane
does at crafting their own distinct sound with a similar familiarity to Tool
. Both the vocalist and bassist recall that band, but the other instrumentation that adds a different character to Arcane
is even more dynamic and interesting than what Soen
presents. Every track on this double album is also more successful at creating an involving atmosphere and is always complemented nicely by the dynamic vocals. The tone of the album is positive, uplifting and effective at all times. There are many moments that stick out on this double album, from the opening track Promise (Part 2)
to the song Learned
and on to many of the moments of the more subtle second album.
has set a standard for current progressive music that will be difficult to top and adds to Australiaís growing heavy metal prowess. As the launch date of the new Tool
album approaches, one thing enters my mind. How will they top this brilliant new double album Known/Learned
Rating: 9 out of 10