Detroit based progressive metal act Imminent Sonic Destruction are an unsigned band who just may have released the sleeper CD of early 2012. Recurring Themes is their sophomore release, and while you can clearly hear influences such as Dream Theater, Devin Townsend, Genesis, Scar Symmetry, Porcupine Tree, and Fates Warning, the album is rich and satisying, featuring plenty of soaring melodies and stunning instrumental passages.
It's certainly not an album that you're going to fully digest in one sitting. Opening track "Driving Home" is a lengthy prog metal journey with no shortage of Dream Theater inspired musical theatrics and Porcupine Tree styled atmospherics, while "Monster" throws in some extreme metal screams into its dense prog-metal landscape. Vocalist/guitarist Tony Piccoli has a smooth & melodic delivery, and when paired against bassist Bryan Paxton's harsh black metal screams on "With Death, the Story Ends", the results are quite gripping and remind of Swedish act Scar Symmetry. The great thing about Imminent Sonic Destruction though is that they mix in a healthy dose of the prog into their metal, as there are loads of guitar & keyboard solos to be heard here, as well as chilling soundscapes, making for a rewarding listening experience. Keyboard player Pete Hopersberger lays down some tasty coloring on "Breaking Through", a moody track that fluctuates between Meshuggah styled pummeling and atmospheric prog, while "Temple" is just a wonderful slice of melodic progressive metal. "Sick" sees the band veering close to modern metal/metalcore, complete with crashing drums courtesy of Pat DeLeon and crushing riffs from Piccoli & Scott Thompson, and the near 18-minute closer "Raven" is a monstrous beast, filled with atmosphere, heaviness, and adventurous musical passages. Some of the riffs here are so bombastic...face melting stuff folks.
Recurring Themes is pretty impressive from start to finish, and you have to love the way Imminent Sonic Destruction have put together material that will surely please the prog crowd, the progressive metal lovers, and the extreme metal scene. I can't see this band being unsigned for much longer, as there is some superior talent on display here. Highly recommended!
1. Driving Home
3. With Death, The Story Ends
4. Breaking Through
6. Here, It's Over
8. The Remembering