Wasaya is the project of the immensely talented Tarek Shehabi, who hails from Syria. The first release is this EP “Garden of Doubts” which is 33 minutes of outstanding progressive metal. Let’s get this out of the way, Tarek can flat out PLAY. He is an incredible guitarist and the music on “Garden of Doubts” is perfectly written to accentuate his playing.
The use of spoken samples on “Faith and Beyond” are a negative though. While I understand it is probably important to the track, it is distracting to me and takes away from the music. Plus the topic itself means nothing to me personally. Luckily, “Paradox” is next and has some incredible Middle Eastern melodies! One of the best tracks on the EP!
The interplay of the guitars and keys on “Two Souls Dancing” fits the title of the song very well. This track is very Dream Theater-esque. And yes for fans of old school technical progressive metal, you will find a lot to enjoy on this EP. Tarek is, as I said, a very gifted player and has an amazing sense of melody. This is NOT an out and out shredfest. His solos always are very well written and not about showing how many notes he can cram into a solo. Even the riffing moments he does are incredibly melodic.
The bottom line is that if you like very well executed instrumental progressive metal, “Garden of Doubts” is definitely something you need to add to your collection. I mean a trumpet solo on “Into the Mist”??? This is truly progressive stuff right here, folks.
1. Garden of Doubts
2. Faith and Beyond
4. Two Souls Dancing
5. Into the Mist