Following recent line-up changes, Pomegranate Tiger have announced that they have found themselves a new lead guitarist. The band surprised fans last week when they released a play-through video for “Maxims” featuring former lead guitarist Martin Andres on drums, with an accompanying statement indicating the reassignment would be a permanent change.
While this settled concerns as to who would be taking over for former drummer Phil Gatti (whose departure from the band was announced in a Facebook post from the band near the end of November), it raised questions as to who would be filling in on lead guitar.
If you’re not listening to Pomegranate Tiger by now, you’re definitely doing it wrong. Entities was released last year to critical acclaim for being one of the most outstanding instrumental progressive albums in quite some time, but these Canadian boys show no signs of stopping in its support (at least until the next album).
That’s why drummer Martin Andres is presenting you with a drum play-through of “Maxims,” one of the lead singles from the 2013 album.
01. Gift of Tongues
05. New Breed
06. Mountains in the Sky
07. Not to See the Sun
08. Ocean – I. White Ship
09. Ocean – II. Maelstrom
10. Ocean – III. The Golden Portal
11. Sign of Ruin
Writing intelligently composed instrumental music instead of a vocal-less snorefest is difficult. Whatever’s going on in the music has to be interesting or catchy in some way or another at all times, and relying on an idea for even a few measures too long can bore the life right out of your listeners. Mastering the craft is nothing short of hellishly arduous, unless of course you’re one of the fine musicians of Pomegranate Tiger.
You know a release is going to kick a fairly substantial amount of ass when you can watch the studio updates over and over again because the riffs are sweet. Well, that or you just sit there with that awestruck look on your face pretty much anytime anyone in the band does anything with their instrument.
So to get all caught here, the first update was essentially an overview with some teasers for the upcoming teasers for the album. Fuckin’ teases, right? Yeah. The second update was all about the rhythm section of the band and exhibits some pretty difficult sounding parts, though they never seem to let technicality detract from musicality. Then there’s the third update, which can be viewed in all it’s splendor above.
When I saw the update encompassed “guitars and other tracking,” I assumed that meant “guitars with some keyboards and other stuff that’ll be mildly interesting.” I’m also wrong a lot. Pomegranate Tiger took my expectations for this album and absolutely trashed them by including some serious violin shred, pulsating vibraphone ambiance, and what I can only guess is the sampling of a bass drum. So, what the hell is Pomegranate Tiger’s album Entities going to sound like?
Something worthy of a Top 10 of the year list, that’s for sure.
As per usual, go check out their Facebook page if you haven’t yet, and try out if you’re a vocalist!
A good friend of mine introduced me to Pomegranate Tiger on the premise that it’s an enjoyably techy listen that doesn’t overdo it; he’s right. Look no further if you’re trying to find the next big name in progressive metal. These up-and-comers have enough talent to create mutant offspring clones that would form a band and still be better than you. That’s right. Not to mention they’re Canadian, which just makes everyone’s list of “Great Musicians from Canada” a little bit longer, or even your “Ways Canada is Still Apologizing for Celine Dion” list better.
Here’s what’s really important! Do you have what it takes to be Pomegranate Tiger’s new vocalist? Well then head on over to their Bandcamp site, download their two free instrumental tracks and follow the instructions! I’d recommend downloading them even if you’re not trying out. As a stand-alone instrumental jam EP, it’s really damn good. Go give their Facebook page a like while you’re at it and keep with the band.