WRITTEN BY: ALLEEN HUGHES
Release Date: July 21, 2017
FFO: Glassjaw, Sianvar, Circa Survive, At The Drive-In
Progressive rock is at an all time high this year and with a genre that is so catchy and intriguing it is no wonder why more labels are expanding their branches and bringing in bands that appeal to this particular fan base. Although progressive and experimental rock may be more prominent it is also very competitive and not always precisely mastered. Bands are now changing their original ways and style and in trade picking up tricks from the progressive movement as well as more fresh on the scene bands are bringing their ‘A’ game with what they have to offer in this genre. Releasing their album on July 21st via Formant Records, Visitors is one of those fresh to the scene names that have brought more than their ‘A’ game, they’ve brought in everything from A to Z.
“Vortices, A Foreword” is a four track EP that will send you immediately into a dream like state beginning as soon as you hit play. The EP starts out with a quick one minute intro titled “Nonce” that gives you the prelude to the progressive heaven you are in store for with the remaining fourteen to fifteen minutes stretched out over three deep and twisty songs. “Nonce” immediately wraps up cleanly and proceeds into “Mutineers” where you are introduced to vocalist Ian Cooperstein’s echoey voice expressing his elaborate and intricate lyrics. Mid song you’re hurled into a psychedelic euphoria with erratic guitar effects overlaid with hard hitting drum compliments. The song closes off neatly leaving your body feeling the rollercoaster of emotions it just went through.
Showcasing their more heavier side, “Revisionist Theory” gives a good spotlight in the first minute to bassist Cameron Jorgensen. Chest grasping bass licks and the electrifying and wild nature in each guitar chord, these three fret bending individuals have created a talented dynamic together that leaves a lasting impression. The mind expanding lyrics on this track give you the real insight of the band and really imprints the most when the soft harmonies chime in at the end that leave chills down your whole body.
Sending the listener off right, the final puzzle piece is placed with “Tempering.” Starting off more ambient and abstract than the others, listeners go along with the buildup and get a scream to the face that forces your body awake similar to a hypnagogic jerk. The bridge brings in more prominent synth effects and mind maddening guitar riffs only to slowly fade away giving you the initial urge to take a deep breath; a much needed calm breath to let it all sink in.
“Vortices, A Foreword” is just the tip of the iceberg to what Visitors can develop with their expertise. Their writing, creativity, production and orchestration is a true attribute to the experimental rock genre. These four tracks are the bands intro to their tight woven framework as a band and how each members individuality compliments each other which shines through in each song. This band is loud, heavy, erratic and unpredictable, all the right ingredients for progressive rock.
- Nonce (Intro)
- Revisionist Theory