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Reviews: Lacewing ~ Self-Titled EP
Posted on Sunday, May 03, 2009 @ 11:45:51 UTC
Topic: Reviews

Artist: Lacewing

CD: Self-Titled EP

Home: Edmonton, Alberta

Style: Alternative Metal

Quote: "Experimentally and boldly expressionistic."

By Michael Haley

Lacewing, on its self-titled debut EP, is an alternative metal band that is experimentally and boldly expressionistic.

Amidst unique staccato poetic vocal dualism that works, the band's art metal dadaist musical complexity beckons us to do some inner scoping. Buzzing guitar mood melodies and a panoply of sometimes understated, sometimes ferocious percussion underpinnings combine to affect the sensibility Lacewing desires.

Can we get to a truer and more durable emotional recognition? Neatly lyricizing and weaving its way through the post-metal subgenre, the four-person band Lacewing answers affirmatively this crux question of their disc.

Hydra Head, an influential metal group, somewhat popularized the phrase "Thinking Man's Metal." Lacewing extends Hydra Head's catchwords, molding them into a metal-sphere continuum of its own making.

Lacewing wants us to gain greater self-awareness about what we take for granted.

On their five-song release, Lacewing's lyrics are simple, yet they are stark, attention-getting agents of emphasis. "All I know, all I hear, all I see, you cannot change, you cannot save me, we're all the same," the band opines on the song "I Am The Philosopher." Lunging lyrical succinctness characterizes Lacewing's art-metal originality.

Further, on "Aphid Lions," a well-crafted song of brooding pointedness, Lacewing again betrays its straightforward conciseness. "Never forget me, never let go, only to find me living alone."

This EP is geometrically haunting and measurably powerful. Within, the discussion of emptiness, sanity, and imagery is particularly captivating. Other innovative bands such as Lamb of God and My Chemical Romance set standards in the metal music subgenre by breaking with cliched form and traditional morality. The band Lacewing here makes a palpable mark with its first contribution. But we need to drink further from its art metal cup to more accurately assess the band's trajectory.

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