This is the third album from US progressive metal band Parius.
The Signal Heard Throughout Space is a 61-minute sci-fi “conceptual rock opera”. Blending progressive metal with technical and 70s progressive influences, the album offers a sprawling interconnected vision of modern progressive metal.
Take a starting point of a mixture of Between the Buried and Me and Protest the Hero, then add in elements of Mastodon, Opeth, Dream Theater, Rush, The Faceless, and Primus, and you’ll have an idea of what sort of ground Parius cover.
Expressive keyboards cover the album in a cloak of spacey atmosphere. The music is complex and technical, with an emotive delivery and plenty of melody. It’s a grand and ambitious affair, but the band realise their goals quite effectively, and the journey that the listener is taken on is worth experiencing. The songs are well-written and structured, with clear thought given to their layout and how they connect with each other. The atmosphere-rich music is filled with feeling and the singer’s vocals provide a charismatic focal point.
There’s a lot to explore on The Signal Heard Throughout Space, and it’s worth taking the time to thoroughly get to know.
Recommended for fans of modern progressive metal.