This self-released debut album by the Argentinians in Random is really something. The base sound is, I would say, alternative metal, and there are several grungy elements that remind me of Alice in Chains, Soundgarden and those sorts of artists, while there are also a number of more funky things every now and then. But Random are also more – much more – than just a 90s-referring alternative metal band, as their music is truly eclectic and progressive, almost bordering on the avant-garde.
You will find elements from almost all walks of life in modern metal, including metalcore, groove metal, sludge metal, djent, extreme metal, industrial metal and, of course, alternative metal, and this cocktail of genre-defiance is served in a crystal glass of technicality, complexity and dynamism. There are lots of rhythmically complex passages with mind-boggling riffs in odd time signatures, which pop up side by side with groovy djent sections and crushingly heavy metalcore breakdowns intermingled with mellow clean passages and almost soundscape-like elements.
There are a lot of things going on on this album which is rich in moods and feels. Yet, despite the blatant genre transgression and the many stylistic elements that pop up, it still is a very coherent and consistent, yet dynamic, album.
This truly is a very strong debut release and things look really promising if Random stick to what they are doing and keep pushing the boundaries of progressive metal. They can be compared to acts like Fair to Midland and White Walls who also take progressive metal into more modern territory, and if you like Fair to Midland or White Walls, you should check out Random's Todo.s los colores del, too.
2. Elchi, John
4. As Far As Impossible
5. Tarzan's Void
6. Cuando el blanco no es color
8. Meeting at Jabol