Progressive Metal is a genre that has really grown over the past few years where bands such as Periphery, Sikth, Between the Buried and Me etc, have become very popular. A lot of bands have decided to take on this new movement of music, however only some have succeeded. Here we have Pelgrim, a band with their debut self-titled EP with 1 intro and 3 tracks,that blends the progressive movement with their take on metalcore.
The EP greets you with a soft and mellow piano tune before kicking in with an assault from the guitars, drums and bass. All instruments shine out as melodies soar and the technical riffage begins. I give the band credit for such a badass intro, a lot of bands lately really have let that aspect down and gone for something boring and uninteresting. I however found the intro to this EP something new and the result sounded epic! The next song titled Precursor gets straight to the point of what this band is all about. The listener is bombarded by a groovy technical assault provided by the meaty guitar tone, blistering drums, harsh nasally vocals and thriving bass. We are treated to some breakdowns throughout the EP, which feel very reminiscent to something Veil of Maya would do, further adding to the excitement from each track.
The next track “Subsider” has a more metalcore take on it but still has the Progressive elements shining through out. The song features a few breakdowns and gang vocal chants, which fit nicely and don’t feel forced. I can imagine this song being the one getting everyone off their feet with its groovy hooks and speedy tempo. The EP ends on a very strong finish with the song “For Better or Worse”. Slower than the other 2 tracks, it’s still a heavy hitter and provides a great finisher. The song also features a Lyric Video on YouTube, which I thought was a great watch with lots of cool effects!
Overall, this EP is an extremely impressive debut and I can see great things coming for the band! The only gripe I have is that I wish there was a bit more vocal range. The vocals seem to have a pitch that it sticks at for the entire EP, which totally suits the music, but it would be great if they could add a bit more diversity with them such as some highs or lows.
For fans of Periphery, Veil of Maya, Sikth, Architects