I love border crossings and I love finding out about new bands that come seemingly out of nowhere. So I was pretty excited when I first listened to VOLA‘s recent debut, Inmazes. What is this album like? This album is like if Meshuggah decided to cover Karnivool or if Opeth suddenly took a note from Caligula’s Horse. So yes, loads of vocals, djent influences on the guitars and an overall emotional capacity that is both fresh and intriguing. Head on over the jump right now for your first listen!

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I chose ‘Owls’ since it exemplifies pretty well what I love about this album: the instrumentals are by no means overbearing but are still capable of creating the darker atmosphere very well. The vocals tie off the deal by emerging from the deeper range so characteristic of the alternative metal scene now days. Everything just works and the production is a joy to listen to.

Other tracks on this album are just as good. The title track, interestingly closing off the album, hints towards Dream Theater with its more quirky progressions and off-kilter feel, while ‘Emily’ wouldn’t feel out of place in any Kayo Dot album, with its fuzz-enriched drums and overall 80’s sadness. In short, this album has a little bit of everything, all tied up in this compelling, alternative package. It’s definitely worth more than several listens and I’ve now added these boys to my “To Watch” list. Hopefully we’ll be hearing a lot more from them soon.



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