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German instrumental quintet Long Distance Calling return with an eponymous seven-track affair showcasing a clever juxtaposing of post metal and progressive rock. Unlike most bands of their ilk, this squad establishes a solid groove as the foundation of the track before fleshing it out with a flurry of heavily effected guitars, bouncy bass runs, and synth overlays (“Timebends”), maintaining an uncharacteristic linear approach that keeps the rhythm section locked down tight while allowing the rest of the band to explore vast terrains on the metallic continuum (“Into the Black Wide Open”). Long Distance Calling also employs a discernible array of melodic overtones than their peers, keeping their music more in line with the likes of Pink Floyd than Scale the Summit (“Beyond the Void”). Featuring guest vocals on one track seems to be the band’s calling card, as the last two discs boasted Peter Dolving and Jonas Renske. This time, they get assistance from Armored Saint/ Anthrax singer John Bush (“Middleville”), whose odd yet powerful ethereal performance sheds new light on the expansive scope and grandiose presence this album conveys. Long Distance Calling provides a well-textured and soundly structured slab of (mostly) vocal-less tunes with an edgy underbelly and a cinematic scope that fans of Pelican, Mogwai, and Karma to Burn can probably all meet in the middle about.
- Mike SOS