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Epiphany: Epiphany

A two piece coming out of Richmond, Virginia, Epiphany sit proudly in the great divides between traditional prog, technical progressive metal and djent. Bands like Periphery or Tool spring to mind as the fret flurries tumble from opening blast “Black Omen”, a song that augurs well for the rest of this 30 minute debut EP. Duos may suddenly be ten a penny, and Jeremy Hook and Seamus McDaniel could certainly be accused of helping that particular bandwagon to continue to gather velocity. The occasional help of bassist Chris Abinette and drummer Ryan Johnson bulks things out at times, but with Hook handling guitars, bass, drums and all the compositional work and McDaniel providing guitars and bass, it’s clear the pair are the core of what’s going on.

“Vertigo” is a little more rounded a track, relying more on mood and tone than technical flash to get its message across, although it’s still clear that we’re dealing with a talented pair of chaps here. A lilting, at times Spanish air is brought to “Epigraphy”, even if it still sits on a big dirty riff mid-song, while also showing a clipped sense of clinicality. While it does build into something of a soaring climax, “Liar’s Lullaby” offers a different tone via a more pulled back attack, that actually hits harder than some of the more forceful moments on this self titled effort. The EP is rounded out by “Acceptance”; the precise, clinical math-rock of the opening number brought out of the bag once more and to good effect.

There’s a lot to like here and probably even more to be deeply impressed by. However, if Epiphany are to truly stand out from the pack they’ll need more than that. Promising this EP may be, but earth shattering in approach or execution it isn’t quite. Where this band go from here should be worth keeping an eye on though.

Track Listing
1. Black Omen
2. Vertigo
3. Epigraphy
4. Liar’s Lullaby
5. Acceptance

Added: February 24th 2019
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Related Link: Epiphany @ bandcamp
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Language: english

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