Bearstorm - Americanus (CD Review)

01.Glacial Relic - Riparian Forest
02.De Soto
03.Little Portals To The Greater Sadness
04.Why We Can't Have Nice Things
05.Glacial Relic II

Michael Edwards (Vocals)
Jay Lindsey (Bass/Midi/Synth)
Patrick DeRoche(Drums)
Kelsey Miller (Guitar/Fiddle)
Greg Bates (Guitar)

Bearstorm formed in 2008 in Richmond, USA by metalheads with backgrounds in classical and jazz performance as well as country and old time music. The goal has always been to push outwards on the normal limits of writing, performing, and storytelling.

Haunting, swirling, minimalist and progressive at the same time, retains the oft-mocked "grim and frostbitten" vibe while simultaneously expanding into infinite horizons. An hypnotic and harshly beautiful, tantalizing, mesmerizing progressive Black Death Metal swirl.

'Glacial Relic-Riparian Forest' kind of reminds me of eddie van halen guitar work over a mid paced rhythmic rock backing, the vocals however are very rough and more suited to death/black metal, yet there are no black/death metal elements to the music.
A strange mix with this epic jazz/prog/stoner/technical music and growls for vocals, really does not do anything to make this easy to listen too.

Yeh this just dont fit with me, such amazing music, technical brilliance, highly melodic very well structured, beautiful elements blend with stylish guitar and bass work, each song has so much in it, very very good, but the vocals are wrong, too harsh and needed some variety to break the endless growls.

Could have been a 10 out of 10!

Rating 7/10
For fans of: Coffinfish, Mastodon, Words Of farewll, Vermord, Pure Negative


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