Reviewed by Ian Morales.
|Rating: 7.5 of 10.|
Math rock has finally successfully married progressive rock on the new album from Orbs, Asleep Next To Science. The album has been three years in the making and after listening to it all the way through a few times, it is easy to understand why we all had to wait so long for it. Everything comes full circle when you consider Orbs’ lineup. This should-be metal supergroup includes members of Fear Before, Torch Runner, Between the Buried and Me and Cradle of Filth.
As you begin to listen to Asleep Next To Science, the album’s seven-minute opening track “Sayer of the Law” gave me an audio punch in the face, only to give me an audio hug with some sweet-sweet piano progressions in the breakdowns. The very first impression to even virgin-prog ears would be that this is a cinematic album with metalcore influences. That’s pretty mush the rest of the album as well.
Vocally, the higher-pitched singing of Adam Fisher works for them. He’s not a great singer by any means, but Fisher nails everything from high-pitched choruses to the properly placed screams the genre calls for. All that being said, the music itself is the real standout in this group, of which Fisher contributes to as a guitar player.
While the good news about Asleep Next To Science is there isn’t any one single track that stands out above the rest, as the entire album is solid; that’s also the bad news. Nothing stands out more than the other. Asleep Next to Science blends together when listening from beginning to end. Still, if that is the worst thing someone can say about an album, then everything is going to be just fine.
The way Orbs composes is heads above the rest of this crowded genre of prog-tenders. The dark storytelling offer better lyrics than the run-of-the-mill Alt Press-looking scene kid band. For a debut, the album has the polish, sound and maturity of a veteran. Recommendations for a downloadable single? Spend money on as many songs as your budget allows. If you are the type of listener that only downloads a few tracks to put into your iPod at a time in order to conserve memory, add the first three tracks and enjoy.