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Meander – Time Uncounted

Meander
Time Uncounted
by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 18 April 2022, 1:01 PM

From Brussels, Belgium, comes trio MEANDER. “Formed in 2017 when three guys from Brussels, Belgium got together to play loud and cathartic music. Throughout lengthy compositions wherein their voices intertwine, they create an incandescent magma of Post-Rock, Hardcore and Progressive Metal that is as intense and complex as it is melodic.” The album contains four songs.

“No Return” opens the album. It’s a slow moving song with a simple, but solemn opening riff. The vocals are clean and dreamy at first, but segue into harsh offering with a wicked edge. The bass guitar begins to chug away followed by a chaotic passage. The constant push and pull of both styles here keeps the listener on his toes. The heavier elements are absolutely earth shattering. “Restless Glow” is a shorter song that begins with some melodies, though they are melancholy in nature. The vocals are clean and solemn, with meaty bass notes in support. No harsh vocals this time. The song grooves on some sad tones throughout.

“Start a Fire” begins with a much faster moving pace and some vocal harmonies. Shouts come in at the chorus. This song has an intriguing combination of Hardcore and Post Metal elements, and is really unlike the other three. Pop sensibilities combine well with the tight instrumentation. “Anchors Aweigh” is a longer track that opens with slow and heavy accents. Again, their combination of several styles here is fascinating. It plods away with a Doomy sound but also flirts with more accessible elements along the way.

This was a short EP that was a bit difficult to give an overall rating to, but I sense that the band’s genre-bending style is something that they can develop for their next album. Doomy at its core, it also flirts with other styles. Once they hone their sound, they have all the talent to really go places in the industry. This is a band that I would keep my eye on.

Songwriting: 7
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 7
Production: 7

3 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. No Return
2. Restless Glow
3. Start a Fire
4. Anchors Aweigh
Lineup:
Martin Rossignol – Bass
Pierre Schifflers – Drums, Vocals
Alex-Mehdi Fakroune – Guitars
Record Label: Independent
     


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