East of the Wall – The Apologist
When I listened to “Ressentiment” the last release by theNew Jersey’s East of the Wall, I wasn’t that impressed. It was one of those albums I listened to once and then out it away and forgot about it. This is not to say the album was bad, but at the time, it just wasn’t something I was into. But regardless, when the promo for their new album, “The Apologist” came across my desk, I wasn’t really that excited, but in my all-consuming obsession to always be the first to hear new music, I jumped right in.
Boy, am I glad I did. This is a really good record!
The press releases call them a “Prog-Metal” band and for East of the Wall, thast a fairly good description, They throw in a variety of influences, from stoner riffs to jazzy breakdowns; from post-metal/rock to crunchy sludgecore, it’s just an all around amalgamation of what’s great about metal these days. But with all the influences, they still manage to be their own band and not just followers.
Many times, when a band tries to throw too much into the mix, it just doesn’t work, but in this case, the fact that it works so well is a testament to the individual talents of each of the band member.
This is simply just a great record!