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Lizzard: Out Of Reach

Out of Reach is the debut full length release from this French Experimental / Alternative metal trio who consist of Katy Elwell on drums, William Knox on bass, and Mathieu Ricou on guitar/vocals. Formed in 2006 and having toured with the likes of Gojira and Loudblast, Lizzard released their debut EP Venus back in 2008 and for Out of Reach headed across the Atlantic to Los Angeles to work with producer Rhys Fulber (Paradise Lost, Fear Factory, Front Line Assembly). As a band they appear to have a very low key Web presence, adding to the mystique of the music itself.

Ethereal haunting soundscapes combined with urgent riffs and layered effect vocals make this an ambitious album that takes inspiration from usual suspects Tool, Porcupine Tree and the aforementioned Paradise Lost. There are a lot of expletives and rage on the album that can come across as a tiresome whinge but musically Lizzard press the right buttons with some mesmerizing song structures ('Twisted Machine', 'Fakeworld' and the title track in particular) highlighted by some innovative changes in tempo and sparse yet forceful use of percussion. Overall this makes for quite an inventive debut album that is well worth checking out and suggests an interesting future lies ahead for Lizzard.

Track List:-

01. Disintegrity
02. The Orbiter
03. Out Of Reach
04. Skyline
05. Loose Ends
06. Backslide
07. Fake World
08. Twisted Machine
09.Across The Line
10. Tear Down The Sky

Added: October 27th 2012
Reviewer: Dean Pedley
Related Link: Album Sample
Hits: 1963
Language: english

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