Left Fire is the first EP from UK based math-rock trio Arcane Roots. A cracking dive into the complex, and sometimes crowded, progressive metal and maths rock scene. Released on ‘Play It Again Sam’, who are known for producing high quality records, the boys from Kingston will only get bigger. Available on CD.
8/10 Benn Staff review, 01 August 2017
Although this may only be an EP, it packs a punch or two. ‘Left Fire’ is a solid and raw attempt at breaking up an already heavy and clustered scene of progressive metal and maths rock. With the likes of The Dillinger Escape Plan and Tool at the very top of the empire, it can become quite a difficult affair for the smaller groups to breakthrough. However, when a trio of likeminded musicians with genuine musical talent come together, they’re surely bound to get somewhere? Well, as soon as Left Fire was released, Arcane Roots found themselves at festivals all over the UK and plans were made to release an album sharpish by the band.
‘Left Fire’ is a complete sounding and well produced album from start to finish. The complex mix of dozens of genres makes each song stand out pretty well, but more importantly makes you want to keep listening. Far too many bands release bland shit when they’re trying to be ‘unique’ or ‘find who they really are’. These tracks flow into each other like a river of maths-y noise that cradle your brain with its progressive goodness. They may, at times, sound pop influenced, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Just don’t think that the record is wishy-washy pop/metal fusion nonsense.
It is obvious that the group are tight at playing and probably have a pretty good friendship. This shows on the EP. Each member of the band is allowed to express themselves on their instruments and it shows by the pure passion in ‘You Are’, for example. I really don’t think that well produced maths rock, that tries to appeal to a wider audience, gets much better than this. The album is very good. There’s no doubt about that, but I’m just not sure if it’s up there with ‘Tool’...yet.
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