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Building Upon the Revelation: The Pathways of Discipline

The Pathways of Discipline is the album debut by American guitarist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist K. Prouty’s new project Building Upon the Revelation, a project where Prouty displays all his musical influences, from Joe Satriani to Angel Vivaldi.

Dark, sharp, deep, and melodic, that’s how I would describe this album. Prouty is a very talented guitarist and musician, and he played all instruments, did all the recording, engineering, and mixing on this album, and that’s something that must be applauded and taking in consideration when reviewing his work. His ideas are very unique, as are some of the arrangements, especially through the first half of the album, but sometimes the songs feel too long and those ideas quite unresolved, taking the listener from one mood to another, maybe too often, and sometimes even without going back or actually going nowhere, so is easy to get lost now and then when listening to the whole record. The Pathways of Discipline was allegedly written to work as a whole piece, but there are a few contradictions, like a conceptual deviation after the track “The Discipline” which is not only the best track here but also the last one to be felt as pertaining to the initial idea, that same idea that commenced with the melodic opener “Engineering a Better Future”. “Anechoic” and “Dark Current” are both good tracks too, progressive instrumental metal with influences of hard rock and nu metal, a territory where vocals are often missed, something that is clearly happening here. First four tracks are solid, a very solid EP, and if “Miasma” had been placed after “The Discipline” on the track list, we would have a stronger album, short but solid… but when it comes to the tracks “Fallen Architects” and the closer “Patterns and “Pathways” is where I get disinterested and more critic. The drumming gets too overwhelming and besides interfering with all the cool stuff that Mr. Prouty has created for those tracks, that pounding sound makes the production feel even murkier than it already was, it sounds like old school garage-recorded power metal.

Building Upon the Revelation is a project with a very interesting and promising future, because although the genre is being exploited everywhere in the world, this guy does have unique ideas and a unique way of doing things, but the project must be well managed, and K. Prouty needs to get surrounded by other musicians to round up his sound and groove in order to meet that desired future. We will keep our eyes and ears open for future outputs!

Track Listing:
  1. Engineering a Better Future (4:40)
  2. Anechoic (4:16)
  3. Dark Current (5:19)
  4. The Discipline (6:23)
  5. Fallen Architects (3:30)
  6. Miasma (4:26)
  7. Patterns and Pathways (4:35)

Added: August 25th 2022
Reviewer: Jose Antonio Marmol
Related Link: Band @ Bandcamp
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Language: english

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