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Opusculus: Resonant

Just who is this band hailing from Montreal, Quebec? There has not been a great deal written about Opusculus, to my knowledge at least, and that is a shame because this band should be more noteworthy in the realm of heavy progressive rock. I reviewed their debut album about a month ago, a very complex and slightly avant amalgamation of heavy prog and fusion.

The threesome returned with a new album in 2017 titled Resonant, somewhat of a continuation of their previous effort but perhaps a bit more focused this time around although the band still shows their musical skill on every track.

The album begins with the moody and ominous "Outpost 5553 453ο30'19.4"N 73ο35'29.3"W", a fitting intro for what seems to be an otherworldly concept as the song titles would suggest. "Hard Fog" is a complex heavy prog affair that effortlessly transitions between heavy riffage and lighter guitar work showcasing just how tight this power trio is. On "Paganissimis" the sound is more doomy with thick and heavy riffs although a faster tempo does ensue showcasing stellar guitar work. A feeling of desolation is invoked in the moody "Gravity Waltz" with its intro of wind effects and repeating guitar motif. The tempo is slower here letting the moodiness sink in. "5759" is built on a rolling drum line and repeated guitar notes upon which frenetic guitar work and drum action ramps up the intensity. Calmer moments are interrupted by bursts of high intensity as the tightness of this band is on full display. I should also add the bass work is very audible as it is throughout the disc. The great groove of "Groove Fraktal" also stands out as does the saxophone solo by guest musician Christianne Charbonneau. The song is fairly mellow until a progressive metal burst just past the midway point. Another cool tune for sure.

Heavy progressive rock fans who dig instrumental music with an underlying nod to experimental forms will like the creative aspect of these heavy proggers from Canada. They are a very good band indeed and one I highly recommend.

Track Listing:
1. Outpost 5553 45ο30'19.4"N 73ο35'29.3"W
2. Hard Fog
3. Paganissimis
4. Gravity Waltz
5. 5759
6. Groove Fraktal
7. Dynozorus Rox
8. E=MC2
9. Resonant Transition
10. 5553 (Cerminara Cee.Mix)

Added: March 25th 2018
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Band's Official Site
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Language: english

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