Kardia are a 4-piece instrumental progressive metal band hailing from Knoxville, Tennessee, and more specifically a fresh, brand new project by talented young guitarist Matt Harnett.
This being said, “Symbiotic” is obviously their debut work, consisting in a 4-track EP.
Let’s have a closer look: “Amensalism” opens the EP with nice articulation and chord voicings, harmonies and a tasty flamenco-ish clean break. A nice bass interlude, too. “Velella” goes on with some nice big chords.
My standout track would be the title track “Symbiotic” with its funny “dance-like” break at around the 1 minute mark and a jazzy interlude at around the 3 minute one.
Wrapping it up, “Commensalism” brings overall faster riffing than previous tracks and a groovy upbeat mid-song interlude.
Overall, an appreciable debut work. My only remark would be that it is probably too much influenced by Matt’s personal style as heard in his past solo work “Enigma”. Maybe the next effort will bring more variety to the table, who knows.
By the way, Matt has also personally taken care of the whole production side of this album, I’d say with great results as always.
The EP is available for name-your-price on Bandcamp.
Matt Harnett – Enigma (USA, 2013)