Indulgist was formed out of the departure of Ancients from the metal world, whose sophomore release I reviewed in late 2012. I fell in love with the bands catchy riffs, impressive musicianship, and fantastic vocal style. Indulgist proves to be a much different side of progressive and experimental musicianship than the members have previously displayed. This new direction hits you immediately upon listening to the album, combining slow/ambient riff progressions with an incredible dual vocal style that includes impressive, heartfelt screams, with perfectly ambiguous, soul draining clean vocals.
The entire album has a very dreamy feel; the listener transports to a world of transcendental musical mastery, where the bands music takes over your thoughts and actions, making it one of the catchiest and most intriguing albums that I have listened to in quite a while. I can listen to this album at any point in my day and want to keep it blasting through my speakers for hours. The band consistently offers sections of fast-paced progressive metal that suddenly switches into a more ambient music feel. It is as impressive as it is beautiful to the ears.
Besides the dual vocal style of clean vocalist and guitarist Corey Quinlan and harsh vocalist Clint Gee, my favorite thing about this album is the bands ability to include both groovy, heavy bass and rhythm guitar riffs with swift and impressive lead guitar over the mix. It gives the album an extreme ambient feel that isn’t boring or misleading. The tracks don’t blend together or feel monotonous during an album play through. Each song has examples of this combination, but some note-worthy sections can be heard throughout the duration of the title track, “Foreign State”, as well as the beginning of “Entanglement”, which starts off with a beautifully simplistic guitar melody that breaks apart and resonates throughout the rest of the track (also, probably my favorite track on the album).
For listeners who are looking for the heavier songs on the album, “A Moment Frozen In Time” and “The Walls In Which You Are Up Against” are both more upbeat, progressive songs that are showcased on this release. These tracks flaunt the bands ability to come up with catchy drum fills and patterns that complement Gee’s harsh vocal style, while also matching both guitarists ability to come up with fast and maniacal chord/riff progressions.
I really suggest this band to any fan of metal. They offer everything a band needs to appeal to any metal-head’s musical cravings. Fast-paced riffage, powerful vocals, cleans that could lull even the most restless infant into a trance-like slumber, progressive drum fills and bass lines, and an ambient feel to put the entire package above most releases currently caressing the ears of metal-heads. The band has the release on their bandcamp for a name your price value, so give these guys a few bucks and rage this album throughout your school and work week. It will definitely help in those undesirable situations that us humans seem to constantly get ourselves into. Be sure to give them a like on Facebook and share their songs around the interweb. I’m looking forward to see what these guys have up their sleeves in the future.
For Fans Of: Baroness, Poison the Well, Converge, Tool, Deftones, Between the Buried and Me