Reflections
Exi(s)t
(eOne Music)

While I would normally dismiss bands that fall under the modern metal/progressive genre (a.k.a. djent), this band is slightly better than the other like-minded bands in the scene. These guys help change the scene a bit with a spacey opener that transcends into an aggressive scream and riff fest, which all leads directly into the song “Delirium.” The usage of the atmospheric elements is very nice, but what draws me to this album is that one minute Reflections will chug some open strings, then break it down with a differentiating time signature that is more reminiscent of Meshuggah than the other bands that openly say they take cues from.

For simple fun, “Vain Words From Empty Minds” fills that Emmure void by being that jump-around track on the album. But in typical Reflections fashion, they juxtapose the track and play around with the atmospheric elements. The shredding at the end of this track should have been extended, it feels like the album was really missing that edge that, for a split second, seemed so damned fitting. That being said, “My Cancer” is by far one of the greatest modern progressive metal songs ever made. If more bands took cue from this track, there wouldn’t be such a backlash on the genre.

Even if you’re not into the djent sub-culture, do yourself a favor and give these guys a chance. I have no doubt that great things are to come from this band. (Ridge Briel)

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