What you’re going to read is not a review. The following is nothing but the tale of a cheesy love story.
A story whose main character is also the writer, while minor characters are those 4 guys responding at the name of Ornaments.
Once upon a time, in a land forgotten, used to live a fella named Teo.
That fella used to dislike Italian music. And yeah, he was such a dumbass indeed.
But finally it came a time when the poor Teo met Pneumologic. He suddenly fell in love with that piece of majesty and since that day, he had a new favourite band coming from the land of persimmons. (Sorry but you’re going to understand this one only if you’re Italian)
And they all lived happy ever after!
Ok, apologies for the overly long –and stupid- introduction. I’m probably missing my childhood a little bit.
Anyhow, let’s start babbling about serious crap. I’m gonna review the latest Ornaments fatigue: Cymatic.
The band from Emilia landed on INRI label to unleash this 2 track digital split album as a taster, I suppose, for their long awaited sophomore full length album.
That being said I must admit I’ve been let down a little by their split with ZEUS!, it simply didn’t meet my expectations. I was stupidly waiting for something similar to their Pneumologic masterpiece. But Metamorphosplit was obviously quite different.
But that’s fine, let’s leave the past behind and dive into this new work to see what they’ve been able to deliver.
Talking about the EP (finally) and approaching to the first track we may notice a sudden start. Chione opens at full-power with some mighty post-metal riffage. And as it starts the memories of Neurosis came back to me. (Ndt. Which is good, of course)
But after its first furious movements the tune softens into a moment of quietness, beautifully embellished with those ethereal female vocals performed by Lili Refrain. Personally this is the part I prefer out of this EP. The soft voices equilibrate and kind of tame the wildness of the 4-piece act, and this simply turns out into something embracing and exciting.
However, the dark side (heavy part) eventually overpowered the bright side (ethereal vocal) to wrap up the song in a similar way it begun.
The second half of Cymatic still hits the road of heaviness, but with an more complex structure this time.
Chladni owns a monolithic soul. Still it preserves a good amount of dynamism. The various clean-guitar parts, as in every good post-rock/post-metal/post-whatever tune, help in developing sonic tension all over the track. Overall, I’d say I appreciated this latter track the most, also for the more tangled composition…if it wasn’t for that lovely female-sung-part on Chione, which would still be my pick. (you know I have a soft spot for girls in general! haha)
And now’s time for a brief analysis.
I had approached Cymatic with a bit of prudence, and a pinch of disillusion as well. Anyway, I really did enjoy what I’ve heard here. Even if it isn’t treading the same peaks as of Pneumologic –for its writing, at least- this brief EP definitely hits the spot of introducing the band to a wider audience. I hope their work with the new label (INRI) can bring a majestic new full length album. For the moment, I will happily keep on spinning this one.