Indie. Passion. Art. Music.
Great , another instrumental band that sounds like all the other “Post Rock” bands out there. So what can I expect from these guys? A slow 20 minute build up that leads up to exactly 1 minute of amazing music? Ooh,or how about 5 minutes of silence followed by minimalistic drumming? Wait, no this…. This is actually pretty damn good, there is literally not a single song on here that isn’t radiating with a metal tinged heaviness. How odd, my eyes aren’t flickering like some slowly dying fluorescent light, and I am not counting the leaves falling off of a tree branch. “Something is different here,” I said to myself. And I couldn’t quite figure it out , until it hit me and I jumped out of my chair nearly destroying my laptop. And with a single finger raised in the air like the sword of omens . “Finally”, I exclaimed,”An instrumental band that manages to avoid the easy listening section by an enormous margin.”
From Track one 2b. (Diegetic) They start out that I’m in here, to 2c. To get rid of this God-awful feeling. The guys and gal at Save us from the Archon give it their all. The music is fits into several genres the most suitable being Progressive Metal. The band is technical without being inaccessible; they are heavy without being harsh, and they are melodic without being poppy. The guitars are played with needle and thread precision with just enough distortion and crazy syncopation that you would probably expect from this type of band. The drums are played with just as much skills as the guitars, almost straying into grindcore styled blast beats.
How Terrible is a great listen that clocks in at a brisk 33 minutes or so, and for the A.D.H.D riddled amongst us you’ll be happy to know that none of the songs on the album eclipse the five minute mark, so you don’t have to worry about getting bored, or preparing a five star meal only to come back and discover the song has ten minutes remaining. The album is what I would dub immersive , each of the songs are connected and it creates an interesting tapestry of sound, however, some may find it off-putting that the songs share a similar melody, especially those expecting music where every song sounds like it is from a different band or artist all together.
The biggest and best thing that Save Us From the Archon has in its arsenal of weapons is their energy, and this may sound strange given there competent and excellent musicianship, but it’s ultimately this type of energy that elevates a band above their peers, genre-mates, and competition. The band doesn’t have any glaring flaws, and I fear that they will only get better with time. I’d recommend this to fans of CHON, Behold! the Arctopus, and Lye By Mistake. Oh, save yourself the time and go ahead and download their Fall 2012 demo as well. Save Us From the Archon is a great example of instrumental music that manages to stray off the beaten path into enjoyable territory, and provide us with something that we wouldn’t use to get kindergartners to take a nap.
Overall Score: 4/5
Standout Tracks: 2c. To get rid of this God-awful feeling.; 3a. Take care of yourself, and be careful.; 4a. (Silencia) From that nice little hotel downtown.