Arcane Roots – ‘Heaven & Earth EP’ [Review]

Arcane Roots

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Fancy a challenge? Then try this:

Stick this EP on, sit down, and try to remain perfectly still.

It’s fucking impossible.

Calling Arcane Roots passionate, energetic, talented, and epic is like calling the sky blue. Those labels aren’t subject to debate, but undeniable facts. Heaven & Earth sees Arcane Roots push themselves to a new level, penning some of their most accessible tunes to date while remaining unafraid to tangentially turn into raw, frenetic math-ridden riffage whenever they deem it most appropriate.

Opener If Nothing Breaks, Nothing Moves illustrates the above with force-of-nature authority; When Did The Taste Leave Your Mouth bounces relentlessly toward a peaceful interlude; Leaving swells into a tidal wave that’s long enraptured live crowds, and will continue to do so in the future; Slow Dance opens like a pure pop song before mutating into a Muse-grade beatdown via tangled tapping lines; and Vows & Ceremony reaches skyward on the back of desperately yearning songcraft.

Overall, Heaven & Earth feels like the start of a tectonic transition. It’s the sound of Arcane Roots working to keep things fresh, to keep their art moving forward – and succeeding in doing so.

More than that, it will make you move.


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Posted on 16 October 2015

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