Following on from 2017’s The Way Forward, Circadian delivers high quality modern progressive metal. This is essentially a solo album, only with guests and session musicians. It’s an instrumental release, which is a style I normally shy away from, but Intervals is a project worth paying attention to.
The music on Circadian is bright and colourful. It’s expressive and highly textured, with nuanced playing from the man behind the project that mixes the simple with the technical to great effect. These songs are rich in melody, almost to the point of overload, but never quite. There’s a lot of catchy material here too.
This is a very well-composed and constructed album, and it’s obvious that a lot of thought and energy has gone into its creation. The music all flows and fits together very nicely, and even though you can take each track individually, it works best as a holistic experience. With a total duration of 36 minutes, this also means it has excellent replay value.
I enjoyed this. It’s far more hopeful, positive, and upbeat then most albums I normally listen to, but sometimes that’s exactly what you want.
Very highly recommended.