Polyphia – New Levels New Devils 2018 Prog Metal - Sealed LP
Polyphia – New Levels New Devils
Label: Equal Vision Records – EVR409
Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition
"Limited Pressing On Black Vinyl"
Released: Oct 12, 2018
Style: Progressive Metal
Featuring – Jason Richardson (6)
A3 Death Note
Featuring – Ichika (2)
Featuring – Mateus Asato
Featuring – Erick Hansel, Mario Camarena
B3 So Strange
Featuring – Cuco (6)
B4 Rich Kids
Featuring – Yvette Young
(Sputnik) "Their new LP New Levels New Devils goes in tandem with their The Most Hated EP, where I think New Devils New Devils is simply an extension of what guitarist Tim Henson and the boys constructed on that EP. Our first taste of this new LP would begin with lead single G.O.A.T. This track begins with a very haunting atmosphere, with chimes sounding oddly dissonant. The main riff is everything you would expect from Polyphia up to this point, this riff is extremely technical, but it's also equally as catchy, which is a huge plus. Harmonics, interval slides, arpeggios, string skipping are only SOME of the techniques that are used in this one riff alone. In the verses, the track becomes a lot more sparse and ambient, which provides an excellent contrast from the rest of the song. Drumming is just as impressive as the guitars, laying down some exquisite drum grooves with ghost notes, and excellent cymbal work.
Clay Gober on the bass is an absolute force throughout the entire record, his bass work beefs up the low end of the mix massively, his bass solo on the aforementioned G.O.A.T. slaps beyond belief. There is an astronomical amount of catchy moments on this record it's hard to even count, whether it be O.D., Bad, Yas, all of these songs shred, but also hook you in like no tomorrow. On O.D. for instance, similarly to G.O.A.T., this main riff is incredibly technical, but also marvelously catchy. Harkening back to the bass work, the guitars and bass in this hook are like bread and butter, both taking turns to be at the forefront and in the spotlight. These are some of the greatest musicians of our time and a moment like this displays that notion in spades.
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