Welcome back to Bandcamp Buried Treasure! I think I'm starting to see a trend with certain bands from certain countries, which is very interesting… I'll get to that in a little bit though. Anyway, you know the rules of the article by now:
- I hunt down awesome artists on Bandcamp that have their album up for Buy It Now/Free Download and give them a write up. I'm not explicitly telling you to download the album for free since I'm a big supporter of buying your music, but I like the option for my readership to be there.
- The goal is to introduce you to smaller bands or obscure side-projects you might not have heard of. Anything to expand your musical horizons by just a little bit each week!
- And of course, for there to be a conversation about similar bands or bands you think I should be covering. I check the comments section!
Like I've been saying, I switched the format up a bit with two new sections, titled "The Basic Idea" and "Why I Love It." The former is a short news-style lead that paints a vivid picture of what you're about to hear to get you interested and help you understand a little why I chose the record, while the latter serves simply as a review piece.
Let's explore the vast progressive sounds of Carving Colours!
The Basic Idea
Progressive metal that seethes sorrow and anguish, that bleeds a need to change the world. Carving Colours emanate a sound that makes them immediately stand out from the droves of progressive bands aping their predecessors. Carving Colours lights the torch along a new path of excellent progressive metal.
Why I Love It
When I first hit play on this I immediately thought these guys sounded like Obsidian Kingdom, a band I had written up in the past for Bandcamp Buried Treasure. Then I noticed both the bands were from the same part of the world and Carving Colours even lists them as influences on their Facebook page… which then begs this question- is Spain becoming a hotbed for progressive metal?
That being said, and an article you may want to look for in the future considering I'm compelled to follow this up now, Carving Colours on their own merit are outstanding. It's in the chords they use, the keyboard patches they choose, their singer's voice and the way they produce their music. There's a distinct sound that after listening to the album, you could say without a doubt that another song of their off another hypothetical release is theirs without being told by anyone. It's identifiable, which of course is a testament to the band's blatant greatness.
Usually there's a track on an album I would point out to say "alright, start there and then work your way through the record" just for some kind of referential frame… but not this time. You put on No Way But Forwards from the opener and listen until there's no more music to be heard. It's that good.