REVIEW: Sorizon - Behind the Emerald Starscape
Man oh man, you just know these guys are ready to compete from the get-go. Sorizon might hail from the prog-bereft landscape of Orange County, California, but this unsigned quintet is so committed to the task that they recorded this friggin’ debut with expertise and then shipped it off to be mixed at Finnvox Studios by renowned soundsmith Mika Jussila. What we’ve got on offer is a harnessing of all the good qualities of the progressive metal realm. It’s not as though the references are too arcane – a bit of Pain of Salvation, old Fates Warning, maybe some Eldritch and other Italian bands from the mid-‘90s – but it all hangs together with sensible adornment and consummate good taste. There are a few concessions to death metal vocal “harmonizing,” but not as chips-all-in as the likes of Into Eternity or The Arkitecht. The drums could use a bit more oomph and punch, but that’s just more of my usual nitpicking. All in all, this is awesome stop-start madness, wild solos flailing in all directions, credited to either respective guitarist, but never feeling like a mutually assured ego-stroke. Sensory, Nightmare, Inside Out, et al, your next cause célèbre is right here in front of you.