Review Summary: lets just see where this goes...3.3
I’m really careful with this whole Meshuggah
-lovecore scene, I opened my heart once already to The Contortionist
only to have them eat it in front of me in a slow boring fashion. Suffice it to say I’m less than impressed with this new wave of metal, albeit when something spectacular does surface its usually worth it; Introducing Polygons. Now, I’m not saying this band is breaking down any barriers with their debut EP Rifts
but they’re certainly wielding the tools, boasting the astounding capabilities of twisting melodies and riding the fu
ck out of a rhythm, the band avoid the “djent” plague and rely on technicality plus sheer fun to lay the framework impressive piece of work – however unoriginal it sometimes sounds. In fact the band combat these familiar moments with beautiful ambiance passages, it in turn helps distinguish the band from several of their peers – or should I say forefathers? – and even though this
technique isn’t that
original either, I do recall mentioning something about fun earlier, so there’s that.
Track one “The Flood’s” first thirty seconds will most likely be the deciding factor on whether you’re going to be able to tolerate Rift
, as it packs the whole bag of Polygons in its brief intro, stomaching that though and you’re in for a treat. The bliss of a track that is “Fracture” follows and is absolutely this bands “Flourish”, displaying dazzling guitar work that executes precision from the start shredding mindlessly before Garrett Jones brings one hell of a melody to cement this songs goosebump factor. “Fracture” is what I’m talking about folks, when I say “That’s what I’m talking about” it’s this, this has been that. The final three songs essentially take what “Fracture” was and flesh it out by providing ample time for each member to showcase their abilities. Jordan Goldston is getting my very serious nod of approval as the man has quite the pair of talented hands and
feet as best featured on “Celestial Imbalance” and is only boosted by the albums impeccable production. The title track highlights this best incorporating bits of electronic while also finding a perfect balance between the vocals and axemen, within its rather short five and half minute length it finds time to crunch, jun and then ending with that patented space-core crescendo. And that atmosphere is Polygons backbone giving them their weight and a somewhat, if not defining, certainly grandiose sound.
The bands tag line is Confusing people in the pit with odd time signatures since 2011!
and I like that because it embraces that “fun” I was talking about, but also sums up Rift
perfectly. It’s rough and very deliberate with its approach to this all too familiar sound, but it’s with that bravery or naiveté, take your pick, that Polygons succeeds more often than not – and that, to me, is surprising. Yes there are several times I’ve asked myself, “where have I heard this before” but that’s right before I say, “Whoa” so, again, take your pick. We could have something here people, then again, haven’t we all heard that before?