Unscented Walls will be enough to get you to spend the time listening to the rest ov this short EP. It comes off as an amalgam ov death and progressive metal, with galloping riffs and detailed, well-orchestrated musicianship. Their instrumentation alone reminds me ov bands like Opeth or North, all layered and innovative with unique style and harmony. The other two tracks follow this similar pattern ov flourishing opener riffs before descending into cacophony. Kairos, the shortest track on the album, is one ov the most evocative tracks in that it comes off as almost technical death metal in its opening before returning to the style ov the first and last songs. Not a bad touch. The title track, Heartworm, winds us down without drawing away any ov our interest, retaining that same flowing innovation and immersion the others had while remaining unique to the other two songs. Though it isn't god-tier quality, I gotta hand it to these guys, they have chops. They aren't afraid to pursue the dreams and goals their band was founded upon.
All in all, this is a very solid release that deserves a listen, even from the most uninitiated metal enthusiast. One thing that stands out for this review is this: where is the post-hardcore? It came much closer to progressive technical death metal,especially with the vocalist, than anything reminiscent ov a post-rock and hardcore fusion. But again, perhaps my learned ears still have a lot ov learning to do. And that isn't a bad thing. I plan to keep a keen eye on these guys in the future. Highly recommended.
Source - Funereal Drone