Intervals
The Space Between


4.0
excellent

Review

by thechodewarrior USER (27 Reviews)
October 26th, 2012 | 11 replies | 4,158 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: No vocals? No problem.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Instrumental metal is difficult for me to listen to. Unless you have very catchy riffs like Eric Johnson's Cliffs Of Dover or Michael Angelo Batio's Full Force, the majority of instrumental songs just sound incomplete to my ear. It's probably the fact that I believe songs should have purpose, like telling a story or expressing emotions, rather than just being songs for the sake of being songs. If a song doesn't have a purpose, more often than not I question whether it should be worth listening to. Trust me when I say this album is worth listening to.

Intervals is a 4-piece instrumental tech-prog-djent metal (instru-djent-al?) band from Toronto, Ontario. Off the top of my head, one may compare them to Animals As Leaders or Textures. Every musician is phenomenal and everyone has their own moment to shine and they play off of each other exceptionally well. The drums are fierce, the dual guitars harmonize brilliantly, the polyrhythms are spot-on and the bass is audible. The only real gripe I have is that the electronic samples scattered throughout the album I feel are kind of unnecessary and used only because that's what all the kids like nowadays.

As stated before, I adore songs that tell stories or express emotions and that's usually the reason why I don't normally listen to instrumental music as much as the next person. However, the leads on this album are stellar and almost take the role of vocalist providing melodies that will stick around should you pay enough attention. The atmosphere created throughout the 5 tracks is also very well-done, putting one into a dreamy mood until the band focuses on unnecessary chugging. Most times, it's passable but there are a couple spots throughout where they chug just for the hell of it. If you can get over that, you shouldn't have a problem with the album. It's great mood music, and it has a nice atmosphere. Ambidjent for the win.



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Eclecticist
October 25th 2012



3863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I was waiting for this album to get a review. It's not a 4 though.

thechodewarrior
October 25th 2012



62 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'll probably change it depending on how my attitude towards the album develops, but I liked it way more than I thought it would

Eclecticist
October 25th 2012



3863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I felt as though rating it a 3.5 was generous. To me, rating this EP above a 3.5 seems a little undeserved.

GiaNXGX
October 25th 2012



4867 Comments


Most bands within the "djent" parameters place major emphasis on palm muting but use it way too much. This one (however) does it right; Intervals consummately juxtaposes melodic arrangements and technical guitar-work and as a results crafts an incredibly relishable progressive metal exploit. The Space Between features an exuberant guitar performance that in conjointment with it's polished production & lustrous mixing brings into existence a clear sailing event inside the sluggish "djent" scene.

GiaNXGX
October 25th 2012



4867 Comments


That's my sound-off ^ ._.

J0ckstrapsFTW
October 26th 2012



3652 Comments


This was pretty dope

HectorRios
November 29th 2012



44 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Sluggish Djent Scene"?

I happen to believe the djent scene is not sluggish at all. With bands like Meshuggah and Periphery leading the way, how could it be sluggish? (Though Periphery's latest release is substandard)

NeoSpaz
February 27th 2013



4517 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great album

J0ckstrapsFTW
February 28th 2013



3652 Comments


Yes indeed

NeoSpaz
February 28th 2013



4517 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

will bump rating because still winning

noconflictbanana
September 22nd 2013



31 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Instru-djent-al"

No, just no.



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