2016 Best of Metal List #3

If These Trees Could Talk-Bones of a Dying World

This Ohio sextet hasn’t been creating music for very long, but every album they have released in their brief career has been full of magic.  This is another instrumental group and they are the second group to make the list that employs a three guitar attack.  They really make good use of all three guitars as well.  Each one has their individual assignment as to what texture they bring to the songs and it creates a full soundscape.  Guitarist #1 handles the underlying power riffs that make up the foundation of the song.  Guitarist #2 provides a clean sound that works as the main melody.  Finally, Guitarist #3 supplies a subtle textured tremolo that lays over top of the melody line and adds that extra level of contour that rounds out the sound.  The bassist and drummer are simply solid as providing the needed structure to pull the entire thing together.  I have high hopes for these guys.

I was lucky enough to catch them play an intimate set on the inside stage at The Sidewinder this past summer.  This was their very first proper tour and the songs really came to life in a live setting.

Enjoy this taste of the new album and become transfixed by the hypnotic nature of their song craft.

The list so far:

20(a).  Metallica-Hardwired…To Self Destruct

20.  The Dillinger Escape Plan-Dissociation

19.  Russian Circles-Guidance

18.  Anciients-Voice of the Void

17.  Abbath-Abbath

16.  Death Angel-The Evil Divide

15.  John Wesley-a way you’ll never be

14.  Black Crown Initiate-Selves We Cannot Forgive

13.  Opeth-Sorceress

12.  Gojira-Magma

11.  Sumac-What One Becomes

10.  Scorpion Child-Acid Roulette

9.  Neurosis-Fires Within Fires

8.  Khemmis-Hunted

7.  Goatess-II: Purgatory Under New Management

6.  Testament-Brotherhood of the Snake

5.  Insomnium-Winter’s Gate

4.  Kvelertak-Nattesferd

3.  If These Trees Could Talk-Bones of a Dying World

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