The members use the various styles of metal as different mediums in their quest to create their artistic statement and are not limited by one single metal trope.
The album is elegant, flowing seamlessly from traditional heavy metal riffs to djent worthy chugs to tremolo riffing to soaring melodies to…well, you get the idea.
…has just enough touch of prog to keep it flowing and interesting.
a magnificent display of technical prowess
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The album is certainly a cohesive whole with an epic feel. There are dark moments, triumphant moments, emotional moments.
In short, The Essence of Time Matches No Flesh absolutely rips, but often in surprising ways.
I think its also fair to predict, though, that I will continue to pull this album out when a certain mood hits me. It is undeniably intelligent and well done and deserves recognition as such.
The quintet as a whole has taken the five pieces to really compose an album, where other bands play different instruments, or even just play songs. Exanimate is one of those pieces of artwork where the whole is indeed greater than the sum of the parts.
Every time you think you are feeling the musical groove, they go in the opposite direction, to coerce both shock and elation at where it leads you.