Progressive metal has never been this catchy and aggressive at the same time: MIRE’s “A New Found Rain” caught me by surprise, as I usually relate more to straight forward relentless extreme metal beatings, but the trio from Colorado took progressive death metal to the next step.
Incredible riff patterns and song structures, leaving you hooked from the front to the end of one more masterpiece by a young band, where the most technical riffs meet the grooviest rhythms, and the most creative and exploring structures meet pure efficiency, taking you into outer space trips and bringing you back into the reality of a very pragmatic punchy riff. The diversity of influences can be felt, from thrashy riffs to psychedelic atmospheres from the deepest roots of the 70s psychedelic rock movement, passing by classic progressive metal influences, which divide into different schools of thought, all found inside the album, from the early days Meshuggah to the classic Dream Theater albums, passing by the newer waves, Gojira-ish feels, and including pinches of groove which are reminiscent of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal vibes.
A downside to the globally succeeded album would be the use of clean vocals, which I am not necessarily a fan of, mostly when it’s mixed with more aggressive styles of singing, which can be found at times all along with the album, growling through it would give it an even bigger dimension of kickass attitude.
Nonetheless, this is a very pleasing discovery, and a band to keep an eye on for releases to come.
Release Year: 2021
Reviewed by Oussama EL OUADIE