**Note: The stream has reached the end, but the album can be purchased at the following locations:
Art By Numbers haven’t even released their debut album, and they’re already receiving a lot of attention. This attention probably initially stemmed from the band’s connection with The Human Abstract, but there’s definitely more to it than that. For those that are curious, Brett Powell (The Human Abstract’s drummer) is the band’s manager and Art by Numbers guitarists Victor Corral and Dustin Georgeson studied with A.J. Minette (also of The Human Abstract). The thing is that any thoughts that the band might be skating by on posts such as the one on The Human Abstract Facebook page that declared Art By Numbers, “the most exciting up and coming progressive band out there,” are put to rest once you hear the album. The band’s upcoming debut, Reticence: The Musical, is deserving of the attention that it is getting regardless of any extraneous circumstances.
This Fresno, California five-piece definitely bring a technical, yet melodic, style of progressive metal that will have people comparing them to everything from The Human Abstract and Protest the Hero to Coheed & Cambria. The thing is that they still have their own sound. For one, the band bring a prominent sense of melody and catchy vocal arrangements that occasionally remind me of more mainstream bands such as Anberlin, but they’re intertwined with crazy guitar leads, random time changes, piano fills and much more. Also, the vocalist leaves the crazy acrobatics and death growls to other bands and instead (mainly) sticks to a higher register that will either make or break the music for a lot of people. His vocals may take a little getting used to, but it shouldn’t take long for them to settle in and become just another excellent part of the album.
We’ll be streaming Reticence: The Musical for the next seven days, so don’t waste you chance to check this out before it is released on May 29th.
Art By Numbers – Reticence: The Musical
Available May 29th — Pre-Order the album here.