Written by: Chuck
“How did we get here” is the question I often asked myself when listening to The Human Exemplar, the superb third release from Massachusetts’s post/progressive band Warm. It’s not that I suddenly lost my grip on reality, rather, the band was just extremely adept at transitioning seamlessly through multiple complimentary styles in a way that allowed me to drift along without questioning the conviction of their direction. Indeed, the appeal was that throughout the entire album each stylistic reference felt deeply authentic. From the heavy grunge syrup, the stoner riffs, the long progressive instrumental sections, the “post” feel to it, and even the occasional Neurosis-worship, it all feels right and it all rings true. Throughout all of it, the band never strays too far in any one direction, or stays too long before confidently pulling the themes together and moving along.
This all got me super stoked to be able to premier their track "Time & Blood" off their new album The Phos Nimitta. Listen below!
"Time & Blood" gives zero fucks about patience and gets right to business. Similar to the way Gojira shifted to a more direct style in their later releases, the band is in full swing from the first note with vocals trailing behind only by about 15 seconds. In other words, the band is not waiting for you, so be ready to go from the jump. It is a mid-tempo song that builds multiple reinforcing guitar layers over top the main riff which continues for almost half of the song before giving way to acoustic guitar to settle the thing down. A quick guitar solo and return to main keeps this one straightforward and to the point.
The sound itself seems to be a thicker version of Warm, which lends itself well to their style and compliments their approach. It allows them to retain a firm grip on the low end, even while going through the melodic or acoustic passages. For those seeking a deeper progressive connection you shall have to delve into the other tracks on The Phos Nimitta to see for yourself whether they are retained for this album…(OK fine spoiler, they are). The song is certainly worth your time, if not your blood also, but you determine your own fate on that one. This band has a lot to offer and will unite a broad section of Metaldom in appreciation. Hail!
Warm – "Time & Blood" will be released April 21st, 2022. You can find it onBandcamp.
Author's bio: Chuck has been living on a healthy diet of Metal and pizza since age 14. He believes Peter Steele is a god and that Deliverance/ Damnation is a better album than Blackwater Park. He writes (poorly) for Sleeping Village Reviews since 2020.
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