Band: LOCUST YEAR
Title: The World Became Flesh
Style: Progressive Experimental Death Metal
Young Finnish quartet featuring former Omnium Gatherum bass player Janne Markkanen, Locust Year present us here their debut album, a very interesting collection of 10 tracks clocking almost a full hour of playing time. To tell you the truth I was reading about the band's Progressive Death Metal orientation and I became interested in what they are about to deliver, partly because of my curiosity in the new ways Death Metal (hopefully) will progress in the near future as we can all see how versatile "his friend" Black Metal is, and my hope is Death Metal can be as well, too. Back to this release I'd say it's much more than Progressive Death Metal and that's why I added the Experimental term in the genre's labelling; we can hear influences and elements from styles as different as Doom Metal, Thrash Metal, Progressive Metal, Post Metal, Jazz and even a hint of '70's Prog Rock, plus many others I can't pinpoint now. The compositions are always surprising and at the same time they also deliver catchy, memorable moments, all this sprinkled with some absolutely stunning guitar solos and leads and even some (few indeed) clean vocals that are absolutely out of this World. It's a big, big mess, but a controlled and carefully planned mess I'd say, an album that's like a reverie, somewhere in between conscious and unconscious dreaming. A brutally interesting debut album from a band that promises a ton!
Reviewed by Adrian