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Without Waves: Lunar

The mixing of musical genre is no longer a taboo and is ironically fast becoming a category unto itself. My personal reference of this genre-bending music is called "Hybrid." And while I sincerely applaud the creative innovation in general and this album Lunar by Without Waves, in particular, I am wondering where does this hybrid music these groups going forward? Enough bands practicing metal musical chairs will accidentally create the one thing that propelled them off the reservation in the first place: a label.

The second track "Poetry in Putrid Air" is a stunning example of diverse harmonic singing styles merged with metal rhythmic riffs marrying early Testament with new wave The Cure poetic chords that make for a feisty fusion. The band shifts gears dramatically and unexpectedly into a lengthy track "Us Against" that sounds like the unheard possibility of Zebra and Pink Floyd playing simultaneously in a studio rehearsal. This song though over nine minutes long, though resistant to standard radio play, though might defy any label under God's good sun, is an astounding tonal accomplishment that could easily rival any rock song I have heard in twenty years.

I don't have an answer to the question I posed precisely because post-genre musical styles are experiments in their own right. The latter tracks feature super vocals "Never Know Quite Why" and "Lost Art" and continue the band's quest to dive into emotional territory which in my opinion is probably more of a creative challenge than brilliant synth overlays and numbing metal bursts. Too many groups these days are too eager to display their instrumental chops and often fail to arrange songs we would have to hear again and again. Whether this genre-bending movement deserves judgement or support may be decided less by the hearts of fans and more by the character of bands pursuing a sonic revolution and realizing that purity in any artistic form slowly becomes a legacy and no longer a relevant language. Without Waves is speaking boldly today what could not be imagined yesterday.

Track List:

  1. Sewing Together The Limbs 5:15
  2. Poetry in Putrid Air 6:29
  3. Us Against 9:02
  4. Never Know Quite Why 3:38
  5. Victorian Punishment 4:39
  6. EDMS 4:49
  7. Lost Air 7:55
  8. Fractals 4:32
  9. Memento Mori 4:33

Added: May 11th 2017
Reviewer: Mark Antony Rossi
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
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Language: english

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