“Metal from Space”, you say? Self-released as well? OK, we’ll check that out. Always happy to help people who are really going it alone. And, boy, am I glad I picked this little pearl out of our review pile.
Neorhythm are two “renegade traitors of interstellar spaces from the red subrace of Nameless”. OK, so it may as well be two guys from Grimsby, but they have no right to be producing a racket like this if there is only a pair of them. Meteoric Thought follows on from their full album released earlier this year, Zetetic. The three original songs contained herein don’t seem like filler, though, or tracks that “didn’t make the cut”. They’re damn good.
The space theme mainly comes over with a mildly proggy feel, the occasional odd time change and an eerie guitar solo. The main sound is a pretty heavy one, definitely metal. Bass (drums and strings) feature emphatically, giving a nice pounding feel. While there are only the three original tracks on here they’re enough to get a good feel for the band and it’s a feeling I like. Harsh, emotive vocals overlay the driving rhythms and guitars wind their way around them to wrap up a nice little package.
In addition to the original numbers, there are two covers: a recognisable but otherwise very original take on Disturbed’s “Stricken” and an equally well-adapted take on “Dig” by Mudvayne.
Overall, a small release but a very enjoyable one and a great introduction to a band who are new to me.
Meteoric Thoughts is out now