ALBUM REVIEW: The Ever Living - Artificial Devices

Out Now via Chromism Records.

The London-based two piece describe themselves as “retro-futuristic metal from outer space” of which can be totally heard in the pulsating rhythmic synths and delicate chiming guitar riffs accompanied with powerful chords and beautiful encompassing piano. The 8 track album is a classic example of the post-metal formula of weaving into contrasting softness and harshness and I believe The Ever Living, throughout the album has absolutely achieved a balance between the two and transitions effortlessly and flawlessly.

I can only draw contrasts from bands such as Dream on Dreamer and perhaps Mogwai, if Mogwai were much heavier. I love that the majority of the album is above average play, with over 4- 8 minutes per song of inviolable progressions.

Starting with “Omniphorm” we are introduced to tender guitar and piano, it takes a whopping 1 minute and 35 seconds before the growls force their way through, a brilliant start to the album fusing heavy riffs and free-flowing synths. I personally love longer songs and introductions as I can really absorb the elements.

“Total Impasse” however, enters in the most brutal way with hurricane rhythms percussion and vocals with high-end synths cutting and sawing it’s way through, an ideal soundtrack for war and intimidation with it’s ever whirling dissonance. “Circadian March” is Airy and spaced out with underlining radio frequency voices and build up of synth that really rings true to the futuristic side creating heightened tension before entering “Ruminance” that fetches forth spritely hope reinforced by the dingy stronghold of guitar and bass riffs. “You’ve Come to the Right Place” Explores much industrial and dark wave style of which I adore and has vague Nine Inch Nails influences. “Take Heed, Take flight” is Pulsating dark synth accompanied with warm clean guitar riffs before being introduced to hearty drums and sharper melodic synth. Reminds me of something that should really be in the Stranger Things TV show. It slowly builds up in urgency before bringing in the guttural dingy guitars and vocals accompanied with many intricate layers of softer synth to contrast the harshness, very rich in texture to the ear. Overall, Artificial Devices is an album that immediately drew me in from the start- It’s dark and serious yet with lots of lightness, I admire so much of the technical skills in this and I find this album has reshaped my view for metal and perhaps even set new boundaries for the genre. Whilst all the songs have unique approaches and individualism there are elements within each song that feels it follows on from the previous, continuing the flow and familiarity tying the entirety of the album together into a perfect package of which could turn into Pandora’s box within the future of exploration and further infusing.

I very much recommend Artificial Devices!