“The Imperial Skies”
Released on 14th October 2013
The Imperial Skies is brought to us by an awesome young British band called Chapters. Formed by Joe Nally and Angus Neyra of Hang The Bastard, I was already expecting top quality, as they are one of my favourite British bands that are going. Yet, this is a far departure from the sound of HTB. This is more of a tech/prog metal sound mixed with elements of hardcore. It’s one of the more unique listening experiences I’ve had.
Straight from the get go, the album shows of the skill and sheer talent of the band. The guitar skill is excellent with mind blowing licks, skill riffs and fun melodies. The bass line are thick and compliment the songs melodies and harmonies beautifully. The harsh tones are great, providing intensity and energy into the record. The production of the record is awesome and mixed well. Not one element feels like it’s taking precedence over the others and it comes together really well. Musically this album is all over the place, you can hear influence from all corners of the metal and rock globe. In that sense this is a musicians band, as the more you understand about music the more enjoyable this album becomes. Not to say you can’t enjoy it if you’re not a musician, but it definitely helps.
As I’ve said, the album ranges but keeps within the theme of tech/prog metal. However, the hardcore elements of this record are fantastic; being a long time fan of the genre, I identified with these elements. They just have a real bite to them. It keeps you interested as a listener whilst the the more tech/prog elements take you on a journey through the songs. I usually look for riffs on heavy albums but there aren’t any to speak of here. Yet, there are some cool riffy moments that certainly captured my imagination.
Songs I’ll recommend to you from this record are the title track “The Imperial Skies” (this one has a load of transitions and feels like the track that takes the most risks and shows off the band’s style) and “The Siren” (which is a fantastic tune with a load a heavy nail biting moments).
Overall, yeah, this is a solid record, you guys need to listen to it. Really fun, heavy, interesting band.