CHRYSALIS – REMINDER
Release Date: January 13th 2017
I’m happy to start 2017 off with a bang. Bands like Chrysalis are the best ones to write about because there’s usually so much to say. They categorize their sound as alternative metal, which I don’t disagree with, but alternative metal is just such a broad term lately. Disturbed is considered alternative metal, but so is Deftones and Stone Sour. All of these bands have a considerably different sound. Chrysalis’s recent release, Reminder, shows it has so much more to offer and deserves to be tagged as something a little less bland than just “alternative metal.”
One immediate thought that comes to mind when listening to Reminder is how capable Chrysalis are at being progressive. Borrowing Distance is a good example of the blending of influences heard on the album. Already a song I’d consider too intense to just be labeled “alternative metal,” this track shows just how tight the band can play together with breakdowns reminiscent of metalcore, though I wouldn’t categorize the song, or the band, as a part of that genre. Thanks to the composition that went into this song, it displays a great deal of progressive tendencies, especially in the semi-odd time signature heard throughout.
Other songs on Reminder carry the progressive flag, such as Up The Stairs, which drops a lot of the screaming vocals, Angel and Sleep In The Rain. Halo is a song that shows Chrysalis‘s prog capabilities but shows that their heart is set toward making alternative metal music. Every time the song starts, I can’t help but think the very beginning of the track sounds like it could be a Skillet song. Vocalist Yessi Burton‘s voice tends to impressively change between high pitch wails to screams and then almost unrecognizably he brings it down to a lower raspy voice and it’s this voice at the beginning of Halo that gives it such a Skillet sound.
Chrysalis do, however, make the point that they want to produce alternative metal in the form of Reminder‘s opening track My Eternity. Daydreamer and slower tunes Atlas and Out Of My Hands also carry this alternative metal sound. Then there are the songs Dancing In Circles and People Like You which sound practically unlike anything else on Reminder. The former of the two has kind of a punk feeling to it while maintaining a relatively slow tempo, while the latter of the two songs is perhaps the most intense track. It’s also one of those songs that is placed at just the right spot on the album, so that listeners realize they’ve yet to hear everything Chrysalis is capable of.
All in all, I can’t think of a better metal album to start 2017 off with. Reminder is a truly exciting forty minute ride; Chrysalis prove to be more than your ordinary alternative metal band. The word “alternative” in itself means that there are more possibilities to explore. The term, initially coined for music at some point in the 80s, was the best way to describe rock bands like R.E.M. and metal bands like Rage Against The Machine who gave listeners other listening possibilities rather than just the norm. Since that term became an actual genre, the definition seems to have been lost. I think Chrysalis’s Reminder comes very close to making that definition relevant again.
Thanks for reading!
8 (Out of 10)
|3||Out of My Hands||4:35|
|4||Sleep in the Rain||3:36|
|7||People Like You||3:27|
|9||Dancing in Circles||3:04|
|11||Up the Stairs||4:34|