Progressive, aggressive and intricate metal music created to flow directly into your body and mind.
Inspired by Sigmund Freud’s theory on the levels of the human psyche (id, ego and super-ego), comes Canadian Progressive Metal band id. and their brand new EP, entitled Sagittarius A, which will take you on a relatively short but very interesting expedition through several music genres, from World Music to Death Metal. Longtime fans of Opeth, Gojira and Mastodon will quickly fall in love with id., while others might be positively surprised with the depth offered in the music by this Vancouver-based group.
The story behind the EP title is very entertaining and shows how much attention the band members paid to every detail while composing it. Sagittarius A, which touches on topics such as inner struggle and self-awareness, is the name of the black hole in the center of our galaxy (as represented by the album art). The central idea comes from a fundamental belief in a scientific world view, free of religious influence and tyranny, outlining how people are susceptible to believe things without evidence if it appeals to their vanity, as opposed to being presented with evidence and being able to accept something that is inherently contradictory to their intuition. But don’t worry if you didn’t really get it: just sit down, relax and enjoy the heavy music spectacle presented in this four-track EP.
And the psychedelic heavy music journey begins with The Greatest Secret Never Told, where huge influences from French Groove/Progressive Metal band Gojira can be easily noticed in all instruments, especially in its drums and riffs. Not only that, the high-end sounding is above average for any indie band like id., something that must be acknowledged for sure. Very technical and progressive instrumental passages are also found in Humanity’s Cry, an introspective and melancholic track (not only the music itself, but also the lyrics), with highlights to the theatrical clean vocals by lead singer Jason Pennington and the amazing beats by drummer Kris DeBoer.
id.entity is a lot angrier and more complex than the previous songs, sounding almost like Progressive Black Metal before turning into rawer Death Metal, which just confirms how creative this band can be. It’s a progressive feast where all band members have a very professional and solid performance, especially guitarists Alex Dubreuil and Tyson Araszewski, all guided by the excellent desperate vocals by Jason. Lastly, we have the title-track, Sagittarius A, which despite beginning in a very smooth way, suddenly becomes a violent but harmonic flow of blast beats and harsh screams. It’s in my opinion the best of all four tracks, mainly due to its high-energy rhythm and intricacy.
You can visit the band’s official Facebook page and/or BandCamp to obtain more details and stream the music by this band that’s helping put the awesome province of British Columbia, Canada in the map of Progressive Metal. In the end, it doesn’t really matter if you’re a profound connoisseur of the life and work of the father of psychoanalysis or not: if you’re a metalhead with a strong inclination to progressiveness, your body and mind will demand more of the elaborate musicality generated by these Canadian metallers.
Best moments of the album: As already mentioned, Sagittarius A.
Worst moments of the album: None, of course.
Released in 2015 Independent
1. The Greatest Secret Never Told 3:58
2. Humanity’s Cry 5:36
3. id.entity 6:01
4. Sagittarius A 5:57
Jason Pennington – lead vocals
Alex Dubreuil – lead guitars, bass, backing vocals
Tyson Araszewski – rhythm guitar
Kris DeBoer – drums