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A Sense of Gravity — Travail

Estimated reading time: 2 minute(s)

★★☆☆ I’m going to throw out some names that crossed my mind as I listened to this prog metal epic, and you tell me if you can resist the siren call: Textures. Chimp Spanner. Allan Holdsworth. Fredrik Thordendal. Compelling, right? And yet, about halfway through, the album loses its footing and starts sounding like just another djent band. Also, once you notice that the singing has some real problems, it’s hard to not notice it. Unfortunately, the band chose to start and end the album by showcasing the worst of it. But even with those missteps, this is an album worth checking out.