Myotonia - _Myotonia_
(Independent, 2007)
by: Quentin Kalis (8.5 out of 10)
Some less kind types might consider the very idea of progressive metalcore to be an oxymoron. Combining the inherent aggression and macho posturing of metalcore with unconventional time signatures, intricate drum patterns and unorthodox rhythms has given rise to a rather enigmatic entity however, and I can only hope that some siblings are on the way. This may only be their debut album, which they shamefully had to self-produce, but already these guys sound as if they have been performing with each other for their entire lives.

The songs progress in an unpredictable fashion, never knowing where they will lead, yet without being random, remaining resolutely focused -- only women are more unpredictable than this creature. The metalcore screaming is standard, even if more than adequate. They do grate on me, but I have to admit that I am no fan of metalcore shouting, and clearly others will disagree with me. But if this is the worst thing I can find about this release, when I and metalcore are hardly the best of friends, then it speaks volumes about the high regard I have for this CD.

Put down that hoary power metal album or that angelic voiced goth metal album (you know you have enough), and have a gander at the address below.

Contact: http://www.myotonia.net

(article published 24/8/2007)


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