The Fifth Alliance’s sophomore album has a rather short playtime, but it’s packed with awesomeness to make up for it. Four lengthy tracks offer us solid post-metal with some sludgy influences mixed in.
A few times, I was reminded of Amenra (which is a positive reference for sure). However, on the whole, The Fifth Alliance draws you in with their own way of doing things. Particularly refreshing are the female vocals. They’re powerful, piercing screams – a perfect match and necessity for this genre – but there’s some intrinsic frailty hidden in them too, which makes them even more ear-candy.
Musically, the band offers an equally interesting array of melody and riffing. Steady, droning beats and hypnotizing chord progressions are the spine of the compositions. Plus, these guys are quite good at guitar dialogues and layered melodies. Granted, their recipe isn’t new by any means, but applied and executed so neatly that it’s really a pleasure to listen to. The perfect choice when your Mass III disc needs a break.
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