I have always felt that instrumental albums are hit and miss. It is very difficult to tell between a “good” instrumental album and a “bad” one. I can only determine a “good” instrumental album to be one that I play as much as any other album, while a “bad” one becomes lost and forgotten in my iTunes Library. This next album obviously falls into the “good” section (I wouldn’t be writing about it otherwise!). After searching Bandcamp for new material, I came across the band Miroist, a solo project from London. Spanning from progressive metal, to djent, ambient rock, post-metal, and even electronica, their latest album “Curve” is different from many of the albums I’ve already reviewed.
Although this album obviously uses programmed drum patterns, the drum beat can not only be recreated in a live setting, but expanded upon. The simplicity of using drum machines is somewhat felt in listening to this album, but does not cause the listener to lose attention or admiration for the band. A layer of heavy riffs and atmospheric landscape is played over the drums, so the drum patterns more as a set-up to the guitar rather than the focus of attention on the album.
The atmospheric sound the accompanies many songs on “Curve” is reminiscent of many post-metal and progressive metal bands like TesseracT, Rosetta, and Russian Circles. The album would easily be determined to be missing an element if it weren’t for the sounds created by Miroist in the background. Cranking the reverb, many songs contain echoing keyboards as an added layer to the drums and guitars, making each instrument feel more drawn out and proggy. I love its use in “The Closing of Your Eye” during the song’s bridge, which is accompanied by a subtle riff on a cleaner, distorted guitar. Such added details to this album helps Miroist stand out from other metal albums I’ve seen on the Internet, and in my opinion makes the album much more artistic.
The best thing about this album is the reason why Miroist wants you to listen to this album in the first place: the guitars. With tuned down strings, “Curve” contains some of the djentiest riffs I’ve heard since I’ve discovered the genre. Songs like “And Symmetry Has Finally Broke…” and “29%” contain solid palm-muted riffs, accompanied by scales filled with minor notes. I love the shift from the low to high strings in the songs’ choruses. Clocking in at 50 minutes, this album contains non-stop headbanging moments that will surely leave you dizzy.
Overall, “Curve” falls into the category of “good” instrumental albums because of its ability to create unforgettable riffs, the use of atmospheric sound not present in other instrumental albums, and the overall production quality. I highly recommend this album to fans of TesseracT, Rosetta, Russian Circles, and other instrumental metal bands, or those in need of some awesome background music. Please support Miroist by visiting their Bandcamp page and purchasing their newest album! Note: This album is available for a free download on their Bandcamp page, so please give them a try, and support them if you enjoy it!