Originally written by Erik Thomas
Where do I start? Georgia’s Canvas Solaris is purely instrumental visage not dissimilar to Gordian Knot, but with a different approach to their particular delivery of cosmic themed cerebral instrumentation. There is absolutely no doubt that these guys are incredible musicians with a grasp of their instruments few can hope to match. But that doesn’t necessarily mean this is great listening material, and to me these four lengthy tracks come across as a little too self absorbed for my taste.
CS’s approach may sound familiar, as a pure instrumental undertaking it sounds lot like the jazz/prog metal fusion’s of Cynic, Atheist, Spiritual Architect and Theory In Practice imploded into one tight vocal-less piece of sonic matter. Truth be told, though despite the musical genius on display, I really have never cared for instrumental music, as for me the vocals are an integral part of metal emotion and atmosphere. Instrumental music for me is like the burgers without the patty, even though on their own I like lettuce tomato and cheese; I need the beef.
Maybe because I can’t tell a fret board from a keyboard, and consider myself musically illiterate, I do not fully comprehend the display shown on this EP. But with a title like “Dark Matter, Accretion Disk, and Interacting Binary Neutron star in a Self reproducing Inflationary Universe”, you’ve pretty much lost me before I even play the song. I’m sure those of you that play instruments will appreciate this far more than me in my blissfully instrumental ignorance. While I enjoy progressive/ experimental music to some extent, I can’t really enjoy something I don’t appreciate due to my musical benightedness.
“Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation”, will no doubt get guitar, bass and synth aficionados strumming and plucking away on their respective air instruments in glee, but for me it sounded like a structureless void of erroneous notes and percussion played seemingly randomly. I know that’s not the case, but that’s just how I, in my limited musical experience, perceived it. I like riffs and arrangements I can fathom, feel, and sink my teeth into. Not stuttering, unpredictable fret slapping and off key discordant notes running into one long solo.
To others, this probably is sheer genius, and they may well be right. So to the more discerning adventurous listeners out there, go ahead and get this, ignore my cryptic babbling and non appreciation of talent, and just get it. However, those of you that think the new Fleshgrind album is the most complex thing you’ve ever heard…you might want to pass.