Saturday, November 12, 2011

MINUTIAN: Repercussions

Rating: 7/10

Label: indie 2011

Review by Martien Koolen

Minutian is a Finnish prog rock band and "Repercussions" is their debut album. If you listen to the album for the first time you will notice the rather old-fashioned high pitched vocals of singer Mikko Heino and the excellent percussion parts that give this album an extra dimension. The band has obviously been influenced by bands like King Crimson, Oceansize, Mastodon and Tool and especially the heavy guitar riffs do remind me of Tool.

The music on the entire album is extremely rhythmically oriented, but sometimes the band goes a little bit too far and the music comes across as rather chaotic. Personally I like the last track, which is instrumental, "Three By Five" the best as I sometimes have trouble with the rather "annoying" voice of Mikko. This song is also the heaviest song on the album and the rhythm section - drummer Antti Ruokola and the bass player Jouri Mikkola - are at its best here! Another great song is the longest track on the album called: "Isolation"; a well built-up song with great instruemtnal passages, but also some nice vocals.

All in all I can say taht Minutian has made a very decent debut album and I am already looking forward to their second, most probably, better release. Last advice: play at maximum volume!!


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