I’d like to start out by giving my props to Ballarat based band Ebonivory.
Progressive metal to me has lost the right to refer to itself as being ‘progressive.’ With most bands striving for the exact same sound it is such a welcomed relief to hear a band that’s actually pushing the boundaries of their genre.
Kicking off with ‘Introduction’, a 2 minute affair that’s symphonic and choir based components give off a similar vibe to the beginning of Good Charlotte’s ‘Young and The Hopeless’ but with much more balls.
‘Hanmer Street’ incorporates incredibly intricate djent riffs without delivering an in your face prog sound, it’s delicacies really enhance the finished song in my eyes.
‘Persist’ is a bit more of a throwback song with it’s chugg riffs reminding me of the mid 2000’s Metal scene whilst ‘Window Man’ shows a much more intricate side of the group, that is until it’s manic pre-bridge breakdown.
Finishing off with ‘The Bluegums’ a protracted and melodic epic which really highlights Charlie Poweltt’s vocal ability, although it’s subtle, I really love the Australian tone of his voice.
I was relatively unfamiliar with Ebonivory prior to this release, but they have certainly won me over; one to keep an eye out for.
The album is out tomorrow, June 5, via Wild Thing Records.
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Reviewed by Alex Callan