Mestis
Basal Ganglia


4.5
superb

Review

by DeputyExorcist USER (1 Reviews)
March 18th, 2013 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A Latin-tinged, more melodic counterpart to Tosin Abasi in Animals as Leaders, Javier Reyes' EP shows us what he can do on his own.

It is a bit disheartening that Javier Reyes, the the other guitarist in Animals as Leaders, is not even remotely as famous as his bandmate Tosin Abasi. Although the aforementioned band is pure jazz/metal shred heaven(although to my ears, the shredding often comes to be a detriment to the music itself), Reyes' side-project Mestis is almost completely devoid of any flashy technical ear-candy at all. And guess what? That is a welcome positive.

I got this EP expecting to hear more of the same old 8-String guitar technicality which has emerged in this whole "Djent" genre. It was shocking to hear none of it at all. In fact, there are no solos on here at all, except for a few slow, lyrical phrases and long-held notes. That's not to say that this music is not difficult to play technically. It is full of jazzy chord voicings and some fast up and down the neck playing, as well as some dazzling and tricky riffs. As well, the addition of Latin percussion and trombone really give this music a unique feel.

Opening track "Te Mato" is the heaviest track on here, opening with a tense, melodic, chaotic and heavy riff eventually moving into a neat Latin groove supported by a really funky trombone line. Eventually the track moves into a sparse ambient section held up by the continually groovy drumming, before coming to a close with the main riff, one that sticks in your head.

Semilla(my personal favourite), begins with a really beautiful and jazzy riff full of tasty pull-offs. This track has the only guitar lead of the album, a simple line that adds to the joyous nature of the music. One can really hear the beautiful guitar chord-voicings Reyes uses in this piece.

Olvidada is a solo guitar piece played to windy ambience. The guitar work is extremely lyrical in this piece, and speedy or technical at all. Eventually a fingerpicking passage enters and sounds reminiscent of something King Crimson would do in their more melodic pieces.

Menta is the most Animals as Leaders' type track on here, as the opening riff sounds very tricky and speedy. It too eventually settle down into a heavy Latin groove, once again supported by trombone. This eventually turns into a proggy Discipline-era King Crimson riff, giving Reyes' ample room to shred. But he doesn't. Instead he plays very slow lyrical lines, often with long sustained notes.

Album closer Luz y Cielo is another solo guitar piece set to shimmery ambience. It is truly beautiful, and very classical guitar inspired. I am sure it is also difficult to play, with lots of chord shapes, yet that is not the point here. It is the emotional aspect of the music that counts.

All in all, Javier Reyes seems to want to create beautiful, melodic and interesting music, and seems wholly unconcerned with being hailed as the latest guitar god. A very refreshing spin on the whole extended-range metal/djent genre.


I should note that although Basal Ganglia is under 20 minutes long, it certainly should not be faulted for that.
Hopefully more people check this one out. It certainly deserves to be heard.


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mindleviticus
March 18th 2013


8331 Comments


Finally a review for this

Mad.
March 18th 2013


4206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Finally a review for this [2]

J0ckstrapsFTW
March 18th 2013


3659 Comments


Album is mad crazy yo javier kills this

Mad.
March 18th 2013


4206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Band name sounds like testes...

J0ckstrapsFTW
March 18th 2013


3659 Comments


CUZ THIS BAND HAS GOT SOME BALLS

just kiddin

oltnabrick
March 18th 2013


31613 Comments


shortest paragraphs ever lol

J0ckstrapsFTW
March 18th 2013


3659 Comments


Ya im gonna agree with brick

CaptainDooRight
March 18th 2013


30338 Comments


this lookz sik gotta chek

CaptainDooRight
March 27th 2013


30338 Comments


bump


oltnabrick
March 27th 2013


31613 Comments


did you check?

CaptainDooRight
March 27th 2013


30338 Comments


dam i pissed bro, not yet, i just didn't wanna forget it, i have it bookmarked hard though, prolly will check tonight fo sho

Mad.
March 27th 2013


4206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it's only 20 mins long bro. Spotify.

oltnabrick
March 27th 2013


31613 Comments


its decent

CaptainDooRight
March 28th 2013


30338 Comments


i feel the two closing tracks are my favorites as of now

Mad.
March 30th 2013


4206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Menta is mah favourite.

MO
March 24th 2014


19078 Comments


this is so good

TychoBrahe
May 23rd 2014


180 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Impresionante. Me gusta la trompa especialmente.

"Te Mato" y "Menta" >>>>>>




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