Today we present a great album from a band that most of you probably haven’t heard of… yet (Unless you follow The Circle Pit \m/). Coming from Rhode Island, Water’s Edge are an impressive instrumental Progressive Metal unit writing huge music. These guys have a very melodic, musical, and yet experimental approach to how they craft their songs. And it yields several immense and inspiring segments. Consisting of guitarists Alex Quaglieri and Adam Fague with drummer Max Couto, and bassist Trey Friend, there is a lot of talent in this band. And I can easily see them evolving further musically as their career’s progress. Their brand new album “An Abstract Collapse” is evidence of this.
Every song on this record has a good bit of greatness in it, but a few especially stand out to me. The first time I heard “So You Don’t Forget” as a single, I immediately became a fan of Water’s Edge. Hearing the awesome guitar solo from Elitist’s Julain Rodriguez over the creative force is really a treat. Great song. It opens up the album like a boss as a stand out track. Another favorite of mine is “The Coriolis Effect”. I especially love the way this track opens. There is an underlying groove throughout most of the song, driving it along well. There are several awesome, out of the box moments to feast your ears on, especially during the second half of the track. “The Obelisk” features some crazy scat vocals from guitarist Adam Fague. It was unexpected, but really cool to listen to. It also features a great guest solo from Max Gorelick. This is a strange track, but it’s written and preformed so damn well. “Spidernomics”…. wow. I’m arachnophobic but I dig this song so much. Certainly one of the faster tracks on the record, it really showcases the band’s talent level with quick riffing/grooving. “Birds In Space” is easily one of the best if not the best song on “An Abstract Collapse”. It’s a 10 minute ride across the universe and back again featuring a guitar solo from the talented Alex Campbell. The song touches on a variety of musical themes seamlessly as it progresses. “One Realm” ends the album soooo damn well. Just listen and you’ll see what I mean.
My criticisms are few in number. A couple segments of the record feel as if they could have been tightened up within the composition. This only means the band has more room for musical growth. Also the production was generally good, but it could have been better. These songs would sound twice as huge with better production. That would be GIGANTIC AS FUCK!
To sums things up, “An Abstract Collapse” has The Circle Pit’s seal of approval. This is a great album from start to finish. It’s recommend to prog-heads and all your prog-head friends. I’m really looking forward to see what this band does in the future. Their instrumental sound is awesome, but it also seems they would mesh well with a singer if they found the right guy. Either way… listen and profit!
You can listen to “Abstract Collapse” in it’s entirety right here, right now! Stream that! And if you like how your ears feel, buy the whole record for only $5 here!