(independent / 2014)
My days of fearing the technical realm of extreme underground music may well be over and I credit SINGULARITY and their debut full-length for providing me with a suitable antidote for this long lasting problem of mine! No more shall I fear the curse of intricate songs and the always changing time pattern hexes that my simpleton imagination has forged in the back of my head and hears! From now on, as long as awesome music is created with such tools, I’m all forth the extreme creativity that comes my way! And my friends, I must confide, this debut has some top notch creative qualities to its name!
Back in 2010, when the memo came through telling everyone that, from then on, SINGULARITY was to be the name of this band, the guys knew they were on to something! Not only can they write some high level technical black metal, but they can also surprise you with new twists and turns, just when you think you know where the songs are headed to! Complexity and catchiness are shown hand in hand in several moments and the songs play well thru without that usual annoyance of a massive collection of riffs with no place to go! Everything makes sense and plays like a narrative! Reading this back, it kind of diminishes the level of technical display that’s involved in “Singularity” but, believe me, every second of it is in there and every second stands out!
There are some death metal elements thrown in along the way, as well as some slower almost jazz-like passages, and the vocals vary between the deep growls, the almost screams and even some clean phrases! Keyboards also play an important role, offering as much depth as ambience and sometimes standing out on their own! This last element also opens a different box of opportunities and some classical hints are featured here and there! There’s really so much more to mention about this record that I’m going to stop writing and order you to get a copy! Awesome debut!
[reviewed by: Rui Marujo]