Jakub Zytecki
Wishful Lotus Proof


4.2
excellent

Review

by Thompson D. Gerhart STAFF
April 1st, 2015 | 46 replies


Release Date: 03/26/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The crossroads of modern progressive metal in two acts.

Jakub Zytecki is the future. Whether or not you can accept that is on you, but Wishful Lotus Proof bears a foretaste of the sounds to come from the virtuoso in the making, showering us in the melodic aftermath of what the djent movement collapsed into. Dense, compressed, polymetered riffing and growls bandy about brass-knuckled bravado and ear-gripping tensions particularly on the first half of Wishful Lotus Proof while the latter half is better characterized by a more relaxed tone framed by melodic soloing. Both have equal parts in the modern state of progressive metal, but rarely are they as polarized as they are on Wishful Lotus Proof, with both aspects commanding equal yet opposite attentions. And yet, Zytecki makes the transition from one pole to another with apparent versatility.

Wishful Lotus Proof seems to draw some influence from the same electronic dabblings we've seen from Animals as Leaders, Periphery, and Chimp Spanner, most notably in the frequent appearance of rapid and highly processed drumming ("Yellow," "Avifors Day") and chiptunes in everything from rhythms to dark melodies ("Run!", "Nullity Rooted"). To his credit, Zytecki incorporates these elements into with the same sort of intent as an album like Weightless, but to a better result both in creating a dark, dystopian sound as on "Satya's Diary" and "Fall of Logic" and in creating melodic pieces of wonder as on "Avifors Day" and "Yellow."

While there are a host of musical guests on the album, it's a testament to the caliber of Zytecki's composing skills that each of his guests are featured on tracks where their skills are most appropriate. David Maxim Micic ("Eternal Fact of Water") and Plini ("Run!"), for example, feature heavily in steering the album towards the driving winds of melody, while Periphery's Misha Mansoor perfectly complements the electronic, off-the-wall "Nullity Rooted." It's a definite strength to incorporate other very talented musicians (something we've seen a lot of in this "scene," for lack of a better term), but it's an even greater strength to recognize and tap their best assets rather than simply plugging them into your scheme and asking for a guest solo.

With such a large range of musical guests and diversity in composure, there's a little something for everyone on Wishful Lotus Proof, which is both a great asset and a slight burden. Tracks like "Majin" may primarily appeal to the ultra-dense djent crowd, though it also contains a pristine melody section reminiscent of the Final Fantasy "crystal" theme, seemingly placating both palates, but those geared towards melody may find it hard to stick with some of the heavier tracks at first (though it's highly worth it to do so). Similarly, those interested in the raucous tones of Periphery's debut album may find satisfaction in the dark and winding riffs and glitchy leads of a track like "Satya's Diary," but be completely turned off by the pop-friendly vocal hooks and piano wisps of album finale "Yellow."

So, no, Wishful Lotus Proof isn't perfect, but it also doesn't have to be. While some wrinkles could do with a little ironing out and there's a little tonal leap between the weighty first half and the comparably airy second half of the album, Zytecki's careful craftsmanship is apparent from the ground up on each track. And while you can't please all of the people all of the time, knocking their socks off when you have their attention definitely isn't a bad approach to take.




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AtomicWaste
Moderator
March 31st 2015


2787 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Knocking off some rust. Been busy with a new job. Needed to get this out or it wouldn't happen.



Full album stream should be embedded above, but just in case:



http://jakubzytecki.bandcamp.com/



Definitely worth your while. Still not comparable to Journey Through The Hidden Gardens, but under his solo filing, I'm okay with that.

Digging: Forests - Spending Eternity In A Japanese Convenience Store

cb123
March 31st 2015


2215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Will check, his Demos were pretty great

mindleviticus
April 1st 2015


9589 Comments


whoa the disperse guy

LunaticSoul
April 1st 2015


1094 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Riverside - Second Life Syndrome (2005)

Division by Zero - Tyranny of Therapy (2007)

Indukti - IDMEN (2009)

Proghma-C - Bar-do Travel (2009)





ps: 4.5 for this is insane and the review doesn't even read like a 4.0, go figure a 4.5



especially considering that criminal 2.5 for Disperse's second.



pps: Jakub and Luke Machin are the only two guitarists that completely blew me away when I've seen them live in the last 5 years (being completely clueless about their music or their skills, that is), this guy is highly highly highly talented

AtomicWaste
Moderator
April 1st 2015


2787 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Still don't like Living Mirrors. Review is a 4.2, btw. I fail to see how you read this as less than a 4 when I praise his composition left and right and end by saying the parts that appeal to you will blow your socks off, but I guess that's just, like, your opinionl man.

JohnnyoftheWell
April 1st 2015


12570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I tried to listen to this the other day and got so burnt out by the fifth track. Will give it another go sometime soon.

Digging: Two People - First Body

OwMySnauze
April 1st 2015


1874 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm liking what I'm hearing. Great solo debut.

Sacul
April 1st 2015


33 Comments


Both Plini and David play on this one? Will check out immediately.

AtomicWaste
Moderator
April 1st 2015


2787 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

"I tried to listen to this the other day and got so burnt out by the fifth track. Will give it another go sometime soon."



This is exactly how I felt the first few listens. Rating and all. It's worth the effort to listen more closely, though. If you feel burnt out again, I'd suggest starting at track 7. Second half has a very different flavor as noted.

MattGandee
April 2nd 2015


39 Comments


This took a few spins to truly resonate with me, but it was absolutely worth it. There's a bit of material that could be cut out (or at least trimmed), but the moments where everything comes together just perfectly are utterly breathtaking. Thank you for bringing this album to my attention!

dbizzles
April 2nd 2015


12728 Comments


I enjoy this a lot. It is very long, but I'm sure I'll be jamming individual tracks for quite some time.

Digging: La torture des tenebres - Civilization Is the Tomb of Our Noble Gods

LilLioness
April 2nd 2015


2994 Comments


That embedded track is pretty boss, not gonna lie. I may have to check this later in the year.

LunaticSoul
April 3rd 2015


1094 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Who's the douche that 1'd this??

parksungjoon
April 4th 2015


9008 Comments


More like, how are people still lapping this shit up?

For all of Sputnik's eagerness to shit on Dream Theater, they sure love their derivative, generic djentcore "OMG I'M SO PROGGY LOOK AT ME I'M THE NEW TOSIN ABASI" wankery.... which wouldn't be an issue if all of these artists didn't sound the fucking same, but alas they do.

LunaticSoul
April 4th 2015


1094 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Same comment for different scenes:



For all of Sputnik's eagerness to shit on Genesis, they sure love their derivative, generic bland prog "OMG I'M SO PROGGY LOOK AT ME I'M THE NEW STEVE HACKETT" wankery.... which wouldn't be an issue if all of these artists didn't sound the fucking same, but alas they do.



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For all of Sputnik's eagerness to shit on Sex Pistols, they sure love their derivative, generic """punk""" "OMG I'M SO RAW LOOK AT ME I'M THE NEW SID VICIOUS" wankery.... which wouldn't be an issue if all of these artists didn't sound the fucking same, but alas they do.





LunaticSoul
April 4th 2015


1094 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Yeah Micic, Mansoor, Plini and Jakub's approaches are similar (don't hear much Tosin inspired stuff here, sorry). But it's what, six guitarists in the world doing this stuff at this level? Lol



also djentcore it's like the dumbest term ever to put close to this release which has two songs with growls out of 13 on more riffs in one song than an average deathcore disc

parksungjoon
April 4th 2015


9008 Comments


Couldn't tell you about your examples, because I'm not familiar with the bands you're referring to as being Genesis and Sex Pistols ripoffs respectively. Meanwhile, shit like Periphery and Tesseract have hundreds of thousands of facebook likes and are all the rage in the hipster pseudo-intellectual "my metal music is actually really smart, 2deep4u in fact" circles.

Your argument that because there's only a small number of number artists or bands doing this kind of stuff it's alright is specious at best (and FYI, there's a whole lot more, apparently you only know the most popular ones which is completely fine, in fact I'm a little envious of you for it). Just because in the grand scheme of things their number is insignificant doesn't absolve them from the criticism that all their work is exactly the fucking same and seems to follow the exact same patterns and use the exact same musical components in its composition.

Not sure what you're on about regarding growling, what I meant by djentcore is that there are no riffs, only breakdowns that sound like a watered down rip-off of a rip-off of a rip-off of something that could have been a B-side on Meshuggah's Nothing album. And in fact, far too many of them.

Add to that leads and solos so sugary and happy sounding that they become stale even faster than all the diminished scale Necrophagist-worship that tech-death bands are doing these days and yeh.... sure, it's technical I guess, if that's literally the only thing that you care about in your music then yeah I can see how you'd enjoy this.

This trend is so fucking bad and so fucking overplayed lately, it actually makes me retroactively enjoy stuff like Exivious less.

LunaticSoul
April 4th 2015


1094 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I just mentioned the worth listening dude. There's utter shit in EVERY GODDAMN GENRE



There's probably one 'breakdown' in 65 minutes of music here (the opening of Majin) and 45 seconds of chugga chugga at the beginning of Satya's - I can understand your rant but this ain't part of the stuff you want to bash so badly



plus there ain't no breakdowns on the last Tesseract either. Arguably two or three in the first one. What do you smoke?



Periphery are shit but who cares about Periphery

JohnnyoftheWell
April 4th 2015


12570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This has grown on me a tiny bit; Run is a tight song. I still don't think it's worth the hype though.

ckssr1
April 5th 2015


182 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review, listened to this through it's fantastic.



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