A Sense of Gravity – Atrament (Review)

A Sense of GravityA Sense of Gravity are a progressive metal band from the US. This is their second album.

I bet you’ve always wanted a record that mixes Dream Theater and Between the Buried and Me haven’t you? Well, now you have one. With symphonic/neoclassical elements combined with extreme metal, this is 68 minutes of progressive metal delivered just the way we like it; interesting and exciting.

Well, this is quite the comprehensive and detailed release. Richly textured and multi-faceted; A Sense of Gravity pack in the content on this release, leaving very few stones unturned in their quest for the most complete album they can make. It doesn’t sound disjointed for this though, as the album and songs have an easy flow to them and holistically the entire package is judged just right.

Atrament effectively combines aggression with progressive atmosphere and structuring to create music that’s as bright and sparkly as you would expect. If you imagine a mixture of Between the Buried and Me, Devin Townsend, Periphery, Sikth, Tesseract and The Faceless, you’ll have a good idea of what’s going on here. I feel confident saying that there’s a good chance that if you like these bands, you’ll like A Sense of Gravity.

As well as the requisite levels of brutality the band also incorporate so much emotive material into this release that the entire album is full of some serious feeling. This is a very, very good thing.

Alongside the first-rate musicianship, the singer has a pretty amazing voice too. Flexible, diverse and extremely well-performed, everything he touches seems to turn to gold. Some hyperbole perhaps, but ultimately he has a very impressive voice that lends itself easily to all of the various styles used on Atrament.

The technical playing is balanced by the more song-oriented approach that the band take for the majority of the time. The resulting album is an intriguing mixture of emotive progressive metal and aggressive technicality.

Atrament is a winner. This is modern technical/progressive metal that’s confident in its delivery and hugely enjoyable.

Essential listening.

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