It’s albums like this one that making reviewing fun and rewarding. To say that “Eyegasm, Hallelujah!” has a lot going on is an understatement. The good news is that it’s a lot of GOOD things going on. Sunpocrisy have a winner on their hands with this album. It’s 71 minutes of a perfect progressive post metal blowout.
The band mix the prog metal style of Between the Buried and Me with the epic post metal of Cult of Luna to create something that is truly their own. The songs are epic, expansive, and multi-layered. The key to their success are the dynamics and perfect transitions. The band keep your attention with songs that veer from aggression to beauty to violence to bliss.
The lead track “Eyegasm” builds and builds before segues into the second track “Mausoleum of the Almost.” It’s effortless and you don’t even realize just how far you’ve ventured into this album until it’s way too late to turn back. This is what prog should be. It’s a journey. Sunpocrisy are taking you on a cinematic ride filled with color and atmosphere. Even short transition tracks like “Transmogrification” (say that ten times fast) and “Of Barbs and Barbules” have purpose. Nothing is wasted or left to chance.
The vocals are excellent, both clean and harsh vocals. The clean vocals are ethereal and fit with the spacious guitars used. But they aren’t limited to just the softer moments which is why I love this album. Sunpocrisy are artists who use their full artistic palette to create some very beautiful moments, like on “Eternitarian.”
They also use those harsh vocals at times when you might not expect it. Pianos and harsh vocals together? Why not? “Kairos Through Aion” begins that way. The song also shows them using both vocal styles together…along with a big ass symphony behind it. That is epic, folks! “Gravis Vociferatur” has a cool moment where things get quiet and the screaming is off in the distance. It’s a perfect moment that builds into an absolute ONSLAUGHT!
“Festive Garments” and “Hallelujah!” are the closing epics and each have some of the album’s best riffs. I probably should have mentioned how awesome the riffs are too! “Festive Garments” has the big sound that reminds me of The Ocean, another great band. “Hallelujah!” has synths and symphony backing some really oft-kilter riffing – a great way to end a great album.
If you’re like me, you might have missed out on this album at the end of 2015. I am very lucky to have been giving the opportunity to review “Eyegasm, Hallelujah!” Sunpocrisy have raised the bar for all post metal/prog metal bands with this masterpiece.
Eyegasm? More like eargasm.
2. Mausoleum of the Almost
5. Of Barbs and Barbules
6. Kairos Through Aion
7. Gravis Vociferatur
8. Festive Garments