|Posted on September 16, 2014 at 7:10 PM|
It’s a well worn cliché, but Empty Yard Experiment may well be among the best bands you never heard. Formed in 2007 and based in Dubai with personnel originating from Serbia, Iran and India, never was embracing diversity more apt. With a healthy local reputation and having opened for no less than Evanescence, Anathema and Metallica (check the inevitable youtube clips), their influences and sound reflect those of contemporaries Porcupine Tree (reminiscent of their best In Absentia work), Nine Inch Nails and Tool. We’re talking roots in ‘proper’ progressive values yet with a fresh happening twist. At the risk of getting too complex, it’s what they’ve called “a unique combination of sub-genres that includes the alternative and progressive varieties of rock as well as experimental and instrumental/post-rock.” A bit of a mouthful, but all you need to know is that this music needs no categorisation but to be listened to.
Their second recording following their 2011 EP, Kallisiti is presented as an album with a concept, namely the threads of chaos and discord which permeate our very existence. Similarly, the album takes its title from the inscription on the ancient Greek Apple Of Discord - well worth a Google - and how much do we prog fans like it when there are some mythological reference points; always takes me back to early Genesis and sifting through Gabriel’s lyrics. Pretentious some may say, but it’s also a perfect match for the music which is an amalgam of harmony and cacophony, moving from subtle and atmospheric to energetic and aggressive.
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