Bournemouth based Metaprism showed some real promise with their debut EP and, with Jut Tabor of Melodeath metal band Furyborn as one half of their ‘dual-fronted prog laced metal,’ I’ve waited with real interest to see where they went next. Clearly I wasn’t the only one – after a fantastic performance at Bloodstock last year the band are off to Wacken this year! Why? Well this album may be one of the most important releases to come out of the UK this year and I certainly won’t be alone in talking about this as a potential album of the year. What is relentless throughout the album is the way in which Jut & Theresa (Smith – the other bit of the dual vocal front) draw you in expecting one thing and then lead you off in a completely different direction.
After the haunting electronics of the intro we launch into Firesoul with a superb melodic metal intro and clean vocals calmly drawing you in before Jut’s growls lead you into a far heavier direction. The massively catchy chorus with its layers of dual vocals from both, lead you off in another direction again, culminating in some riffage from Ollie Roberts & Callum Downing that will have you pitting wherever you are…
Erase Mortality is next and starts gently before some almost Djent riffs and time changes bring both sets of vocals into the song- this time with Jut growling the chorus with Theresa but still keeping the catchy sound that flows through the whole album.
Resistance starts with a much heavier edge lead by the growls before the split swaps to clean. Superb rhythm section of drummer James Clarke and bassist Mike West offer intensity verging on Death metal in places and further showing the remarkable talent on show.
First single (and video) Reload is for me the catchiest most accessible tune on the album and really should be the springboard into the success this album deserves. The jaw-dropping solos in Needles of Light and Shame lead into Nebula which is, for me, the truly defining song of the album, once again showing the band doing light and shade both musically and vocally in ways that redefine the genre to my ears.
More fantastic harmonies through Pulse lead into Here I Stand with an almost classic rock feel in places. Only the Last moves things back into heavier territory before Deceive the Afterlife’s electronic intro lulls you into a different direction before more explosive riffs take over.
Album closer Arcadia showcases the twin vocals once again adding further depth and texture to another almighty set of riffs. There may be comparisons to a ‘triple fronted’ metal band from Swedish parts and if there are I would consider this a huge compliment to the musicians on show here.
For me this album is important because of the huge appeal to all sorts of metalheads from heavy metal and thrash through to the female fronted genres amongst others. If these guys get the chances they’re clearly deserving of they have the potential to achieve just about anything. I truly believe Metaprism to be that good. The album is out on September the 1st. Save your pennies. This one really is a game changer.
For me this album is important because of the huge appeal to all sorts of metalheads from heavy metal and thrash through to the female fronted genres amongst others. If these guys get the chances they’re clearly deserving of they have the potential to achieve just about anything.