Pomegranate Tiger
Entities


4.5
superb

Review

by Cultclassical USER (50 Reviews)
January 27th, 2013 | 189 replies | 23,620 views


Release Date: 01/31/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I see your Scale the Summit and raise you one Pomegranate Tiger...

32 of 33 thought this review was well written

Discovering a new, young, talented band the likes of Pomegranate Tiger has an annoying tendency to inject a false sense of paternal (or maternal of course) warmth into one’s soul. Much in the same way football fans intimately identify with their favorite teams to the point where they use words like “us” and “we” when talking about them, discovering and subsequently sharing fresh, young talents while watching their popularity rise can give you the feeling of pride or accomplishment. This feeling is of course, for the most part, a silly fever dream as a band’s success is primarily contingent on their sound, talent level and work ethic (in a perfect world). With Entities, Pomegranate Tiger display all three of these attributes in spades and while it may be too early at this juncture to claim them the greatest new band of the year, it would not be a stretch to put Entities up with anything bands like Scale the Summit or Animals As Leaders have put out.

Writing solid progressive music that is accessible is a difficult undertaking. Bands tend to stick to one idea in a song and ride it till the end which can easily bore the listener if that idea is lackluster. Entities never gets lost in its own groove, constantly shifting and changing song structures throughout the album which serves to attract and keep the listeners attention firmly in each note of the songs. The music itself is not unlike Scale the Summit but hits you with much more immediacy and impact while still retaining the beautiful progressive passages you can lose yourself in. It’s easy to tell the meticulousness in which Pomegranate Tiger crafted these songs and how every instrument plays its part in creating a little world in each. Both in the melodic and technical sense the album is executed wonderfully with little that can be called fluff and nothing that can be called unnecessary.

What Entities does best is create a mood. Each song is its own self-contained little world which may sound like a lack of continuity as a whole but this surprisingly is not the case. Every acoustic bit, every slowing burning interlude, and every piano passage while utilized sparsely, mesh beautifully with each song they reside in. This is not to say the album is akin to fairies sprinkling dust over small animals and clouds lazily floating under a magenta sky nay, this is a metal album through and through and while there is much beauty to be heard here, there is just as much face-melting to go along with it. Elements of death metal and thrash are some of the many influences incorporated in Entities. There’s no compensating for lack of skill in the mood this album creates. Not only is every guitarist blessed with a dancing white spider for a fret hand, the drummer is equally as impressive and keeps everything nice, sound, and tight.

This album is both beautiful and harrowing, mellow at one moment only to savagely wake you and show you this is a metal record. The frankly surprising way in which Entities is able to convey such a bevy of feeling is what makes it great. The upside for Pomegranate Tiger if they manage to garner the following they deserve is limitless and this easily will be one of the best progressive metal albums this year. Fans of progressive metal would do well to give this a listen and with 12 songs coming in at around 65 minutes, there’s a lot to take in. When you do though, you’ll find yourself always strangely ready for another helping.



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Calc
January 27th 2013



12136 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Please people listen to this if you like progressive metal its better than these crappy words
described it.

Streaming: http://pomegranatetiger.bandcamp.com/

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YoYoMancuso
January 27th 2013



11022 Comments


cool review, sounds interesting

foxblood
January 27th 2013



6797 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

neat name

YoYoMancuso
January 27th 2013



11022 Comments


wow Calc good find this is great, PaperbackWriter would dig this hard

Calc
January 27th 2013



12136 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks yoyo, this was a nice little surprise when i found it lol

bloc
January 27th 2013



34774 Comments


Good review man.

I checked a bit of this on Youtube, but I had a feeling it would wear off quickly. The technical and melodic chops are there though.

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Calc
January 27th 2013



12136 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks bloc, this album is best taken as a whole but I see what cha mean there.

CaptainDooRight
January 27th 2013



28835 Comments


dam Calc I heard some segments from the link you posted and it sounded way solid, they wouldn't happen to have a bandcamp page would they?

Regardless, Pos'd

FiveLeavesLeft
January 27th 2013



9838 Comments


yea

Calc
January 27th 2013



12136 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks capt and they do Ima switch my link with this one lol when I saw it before it only had two songs i guess I was looking at something different.

CaptainDooRight
January 27th 2013



28835 Comments


awesome thanks bro, I have thand Bc page bookmarked and am gonna jam it on my next workout session, can't wait

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
January 27th 2013



4410 Comments


Damn. I'm currently hearing "Maxims", I'm liking it so far. That intro was fucking magnetic. The musicianship is intense. YoYoMancuso knows me well. Good review, POS'd.

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YoYoMancuso
January 27th 2013



11022 Comments


yeah man you were like the first friend i made on sputnik

Mewcopa0
January 27th 2013



1799 Comments


Weird, my band was gonna open for these guys a few months back....in fact our vocalist was going to fill for them after there old one quit or something. Weird seeing this here.

Calc
January 27th 2013



12136 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

you'll love the rest of this paperback

@mewcopa0 thats really weird lol

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
January 28th 2013



6007 Comments


Listened only to the first song, these guys really rock.

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CaptainDooRight
January 28th 2013



28835 Comments


swee feat.

mindleviticus
January 28th 2013



8220 Comments


holy shit wtf scale the summit sooooooo checking this out

mindleviticus
January 28th 2013



8220 Comments


Holy fucking shit this is amazing

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 28th 2013



19672 Comments


gratz on feature calc



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