Reviewed: June 2017
Released: 2017, Indie
NYC’s Iapetus put out their debut, indie album back in March of 2017 and I sat on it for a while trying to wrap my head around it for quite a while. After several listens I think it’s sinking in and I’m ready to try to review THE LONG ROAD HOME.
I’ll admit I’m always vaguely suspicious and unsettled about two-piece bands with programmed drums. It seems somehow unnatural. A band is just that, a group of musicians jamming out in garages and basements and bars, not two guys with a laptop. However, the end result is still very listenable.
THE LONG ROAD HOME is a monster piece of music, nine tracks clocking in at a whopping 76 minutes. It is sequenced in an interesting way as well with brief instrumental/interludes at positions #1, #4 and #7 perfectly dividing the remaining six ‘real’ songs into three pairs, each running 15+ minutes. There is some nice symmetry there. Iapetus composes a quite nice, and quite unique blend of Prog, death, black, and thrash. On social media they are self-described at ‘Progressive/Atmospheric Melodeath’ which in paper sounds horrible because there are so many generic, un-inspired bands in that style, but Iapetus manage to maintain enough heaviness and song-writing skill that they manages to pull it off.
There is an enormous amount of complicated, diverse and interesting music elements in the album. We hear female vocals, death growls, fast parts, slow parts, narration, beautiful acoustic interludes such as ‘I Sing Of Satellites’ or in the song, ‘My Father, My God’. When the album rages, it rages hard and when they pull the brakes it drops into lush instrumental progressive passages. The overall production is top-notch as well.
I won’t lie to you, this is not an ‘easy’ listen. The band is pretty intense, long, powerful songs with virtually nothing resembling your typical verse-chorus-verse-chorus songwriting template. They use that unique compositional skill to their advantage. However, this would be right up the alley of adventurous and dare I say, sophisticated music fans. THE LONG ROAD HOME is a very impressive debut; ambitious, intense, challenging and ultimately a very heavy record.
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