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Sunday, April 24, 2011

El Scar - God's In His Heaven, All's Right With The World EP (2011)

Band: El Scar
Country: Brighton, UK
Style: Progressive Metal/Djent
Label: Independent

I really have to commend Marc Le Cras, the guitarist and sole member of this project, for the improvements he's made since this projects debut last year. With that record and it's follow-up, the "MAGI EP," he's started to really come into his own. This new EP really shows how far he's come from writing djent songs.
I have to say that this album really moves past simplistic djent riffing and into more progressive territory. The djenty riffs are still very much a part of his style and are still very prominent on here, listen to What Was Seen In The Well of Light. This release sees the inclusion of a much more melodic sound, with tracks like Fumbling Towards Kindness and Memories Within My Palm, but I also hear some comparisons with Tesseract in the more ambient melodies that are used throughout this disc, like in The Moon Inside The Darkness. The staccato rhythms mixed with the more melodic clean guitar parts in the background really bring a more refined take that definitely is more enjoyable, at least on my end.
Overall, this is a very strong EP with plenty of memorable melodies and grooves. There's also a decent amount of variety, from pounding double-bass heavy sections to softer, more atmospheric parts. Definitely take the time to look this up if you're into newer instrumental prog metal, or djent.
Overall Score: 8
Highlights: Fumbling Towards Kindness, God's In His Heaven, All's Right With The World

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