Kadinja
Ascendancy


4.5
superb

Review

by Reebok69 USER (2 Reviews)
May 31st, 2017 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The European Periphery, and a breath of fresh air for "DjentGroove"

If you’re a stranger to progressive metal, it’s possible you’ve missed the djent wave of the last decade. Bands like Periphery, Monuments, Animals As Leaders, etc. have taken the choppy, rhythmic grooves of Meshuggah and combined them with a melodic metalcore feel. Off-time riffs, machine-like kick drum patterns, and down-tuned string instruments define the roots of the style. The progressive scene has lately become so over-saturated with copycats, building off the same foundation laid by the artists previously mentioned, that it is hard to find something carrying the “djent” moniker that feels genuine or original anymore. Enter Kadinja.
Hailing from Paris, France, Kadinja is a fairly new band (this is their debut full length after all), without much international notoriety prior to this release. That said, “Ascendancy” is a true diamond in the rough, and is one of the most refreshingly unique pieces to grace my ears this year. It is a sonically massive work throughout, with soaring vocals and guitar leads on top of one of the tightest rhythm sections to be found these days. Right from the outset in “Stone Of Mourning,” the listener is assaulted with a full-blast, dissonant chord groove that hearkens back to some early Veil Of Maya riffs. You can instantly hear the fullness of the mix, and clarity of every single instrument. “GLHF” features a riff quite similar to “The Woven Web” thumping section as well, for any Tosin Abasi fans out there. The tightness and clarity of each note really magnifies the quality of each song on here. Some of the grooves have such subtlety, that it would be hard to hear the precision without quality production. However, “Ascendancy” is a masterfully produced record, and will not disappoint any nit-picking producer types out there.
It could be argued that this is a “guitar player’s” album, featuring some excellent riffs, and even a solo feature from Rick Graham. It’s an easy argument to make, that main picker, Pierre Danel, is already well on his way to becoming one of the most renowned guitarists in the style for years to come. He has a great way of mixing very catchy melodies with mind-bending grooves. But don’t let any of this fool you: this record is a master-class from every band member. Morgan Berthet’s drumming is another huge highlight, as he keeps the complex grooves tight, while adding subtle accents and ghost notes to fill out the performance. Frontman Phillippe Charny Dewandre’s vocals are another reason to get hooked on this band. Neither his screams nor cleans are among the best within the genre, however one can feel the real emotion on his belted chorus sections.
But even if none of the individual members can say he (or she – see: recording bassist JJ Groove), is the best in the game right now, Kadinja’s sound functions as a unit to produce an absolutely fantastic piece of music, and easily one of the most intriguing to come out in 2017. I reserve “5’s” for more genre-defining moments in music history, however, this album is a clear 4.5. The production, musical technicality, band performance, and variety all earn it high marks in my book.

Standout tracks:

“Stone Of Mourning”
“GLHF”
“Dominique”
“Ropes Of You”


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Reebok69
May 31st 2017


7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

First review; let me know how atrocious it is.



This album needs more attention on here regardless m/

FearThyEvil
May 31st 2017


16749 Comments


Don't know how I feel based on those recommended bands.

Reebok69
May 31st 2017


7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

If you hate Periphery (no judgment; I couldn't stand them forever), I can't imagine there's much here you'd be able to get into. But I would say if your only reason to hate Periphery is the vocals, this is very much worth a listen. Dewandre is vastly different than Sotelo.

cloakanddagger
June 1st 2017


316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Enjoyed this band's first EP, I've seen them live a couple of times too and they're definitely an impressive act. I'll have to give this a spin at some point.

Dmax28
July 1st 2017


458 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is one of the greatest albums ever in the genre. Just mind blowing at points.

Hawks
October 16th 2017


67683 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn this actually rules really hard.

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bigweinerdon
January 31st 2018


68 Comments


Album is crazy underrated.

battenkill
March 28th 2018


98 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So much technicality, yet so many grooves. NOICE

Get Low
March 28th 2018


4301 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I remember thinking this was boring and generic but perhaps I'll give it another listen.

battenkill
March 28th 2018


98 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Perhaps you should, i don't think boring applies on this album imo. Been digging 'Episteme' and 'A November Day' specifically

Get Low
March 28th 2018


4301 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Upon second listen, I like this a bit more. It does a good job of what it sets out to do - be groovy and atmospheric. The vocalist isn't particularly good, however. This album could have benefitted from stronger cleans.

twlichty
June 21st 2018


3902 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album fuckin slaps

SteakByrnes
June 21st 2018


14328 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yea it really do

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twlichty
June 21st 2018


3902 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I do agree the clean singing is pretty bad. Like, the melodies are there but his timbre isn't good. Doesn't ruin the album at all for me as he's an incredible screamer.

Nocturtle
June 21st 2018


929 Comments


Yeah this is some good shit

twlichty
June 21st 2018


3902 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Definitely getting some Novelists vibes on this one. Which is Great. Those french riffsters

SteakByrnes
June 21st 2018


14328 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Novelists > these guys tho, like no contest

Get Low
October 18th 2018


4301 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

New album drops January 18th of next year.

That's a long wait, but I'm pretty hyped.

Get Low
January 20th 2019


4301 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The new album is disappointing. They basically just made this album again but not as good.

dangerousdarrin
January 21st 2019


36 Comments


It's not as good? That's sad. I was hoping it would be better. I'll still get around to listening to it



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