The guitar playing is extremely melodic, has a slight neoclassical edge but also has a somewhat bluesy approach. Although I love standard post-rock, it can sometimes be a bit too predictable. The mix of aggressive and mellow passages really allows the band to create some interesting sounds that are juxtaposed against one another. The progressive nature of their compositions are actually quite interesting as they create interesting time signatures and riffs with quirky percussive accompaniments. I've never in my life heard a more varied record. The project has always been mainly focused on the guitar work and songwriting of the two brothers and so they also try to get this philosophy through to their audience during their performance.
The music on the album continues accordingly and blossoms into the longest wending wild ride of djentrified guitar riffage that twists and turns and changes it up and alternates the aggressive riffage with lush acoustic passages and atmospheric intermissions. Expect a melodic soaked djentfest and you will surely love this. So give credit where credit is due and show these guys some support! Their Dogs Were Astronauts is an instrumental progressive Metal and Djent band project from Austria which was founded in 2014. The album is quite pleasant in how it alternates both tempo and decibelage. With the use of 7- and 8-string guitars they explore all the musical possibilities that these extended range instruments offer. The introductory piano runs do occasionally find their way into the mix of the album as well usually being overthrown by the crunchy distorted guitar riffs.
To be more specific, these two brothers bring some gnarly Progressive Metal in an instrumental format. For the entirety of the album the melodic developments are very pleasing. That's one thing you cannot accuse these guys of being. All instrument playing, recording and mixing duties are shared by both brothers. Their Dogs Were Astronauts try to bring their full studio sound to the stage offering the audience a whole new concert experience.
This one seems to have more clean guitars and less djent at first but all elements present themselves dominantly at different places. The music of the two brothers Denis and Leonard Roth, who both studied music, focuses on riff heavy instrumental music seasoned with catchy melodies. Denis handles guitar, bass while Leonard also covers guitar duties. There is an air of neoclassical underpinning to the whole thing which is established by the piano and the occasional shredding solos but for the most part this is obfuscated by the harder unrelenting riffage and more angular types of rhythms. As with the debut release the melodies reign supreme here and all the musical ideas are designed to serve their master.
I love how the two guitar lines often talk to each other and sound like they're having a conversation. Rock, variety, metal, prog, ethnic, folk. In 30 seconds they are into more musical styles than other bands are in 30 years. . Once again this is the work of the two brothers from Austria, Denis guitar, bass and Leonard guitar Roth who handle all instrumental duties as well as all production and mixing and are only in their late teens. The entirety of this effort is now live and streaming online.
Posted Friday, February 26, 2016 Review 1533275. They really make you sit up and listen and wonder what's around the corner Favorite track: Goldfield. I keep thinking Eric Johnson but just when i feel the mellowness has gone on too long some crunchy grungy guitar riffs accompany the clean guitars. I presume the drums are programmed because no credits are given. This band is actually a team of two brothers Denis Roth and Leonard Roth coming out of Salzburg, Austria and delivering an all instrumental progressive post metal type of djent that is heavy in both aggressive guitar riffing and by atmospheric embellishments.
All in all a decent highly enjoyable instrumental debut album despite it slightly dipping over the hour mark. Their sound could easily be recommended towards fans of Animals As Leaders, Intervals, TesseracT, and any of the like. As far as i can tell this is a digital release only but can easily be found on YouTube and the band's Bandcamp site. The music focuses on melodic developments that include all the full metal fury, guitar licks, bass lines and progressive percussion patterns. I have to say that this is a pretty decent debut that will surely please any fans of bands like Animals As Leaders or Intervals.
While the drums do sound synthesized for the most part, these guys manage to keep it interesting by actually playing the percussion instead of programming it. . . . .
. . . . . .
. . . . . .