|03 Mar 2017||Digital|
Music by Joshua Wojtaszek and Bryn Schurman. Lyrics by Bryn Schurman.
Recorded and produced at Watery Grave 2016-2017.
I'm certainly not the biggest Prog Metal fan out there, but I must admit to liking quite a lot albums by Opeth, Dream Theater and of a few other bands of that genre.
Clearly (at least to me) Sumptus Ignis owes more to Opeth than they do to Dream Theater. The songs on Seasons of Attrition feature death and clean vocals and their music, though in good part Metal, also gives us some Prog, Hard Rock and melodic passages.
Seasons of Attrition is the band's fisrt EP (clocking at nearly 30 minutes) consisting of four mid-lenght tracks (from 5 to 8 minutes). The first two tracks are the heaviest but even those include melodic sections. Musically I sometimes hear Porcupine Tree influences (i.e. their heavy Metal songs). The third song ''Beyond the Blighted Shore'' is the least heavy of the bunch, but not at all out of place with the rest of the album.
What I get from this very good mini album is that Sumptus Ignis is a band that can easily perform their complex (and mostly intense) music, write original and interesting songs and offer us varied and always excellent vocals in a very large palette of styles. Not many well establised and popular bands can actually claim this.
Like I wrote at the beginning of my review, I'm not the number one fan of this style of music but if you are, Sumptus Ignis is a band you have got to discover pronto.