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Plini - I (with Sithu Aye) CD (album) cover




Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.50 | 12 ratings

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3 stars This is an EP, more precisely a split-EP made by two young and talented musicians that are creating and sharing great music in the vein of prog metal, djent and jazz music. They are Plini from Australia and Sithu Aye from Scotland and in this release you will listen to four songs that make a total time of 20 minutes. The first two are from Plini and the last two from Aye, however, both musicians are guest guitar soloists in one of the two tracks from the other one.

It opens with "Orm" whose first seconds are powerful, totally induced to the metal scene, later it slows down a little bit but only for a brief moment because then it explodes again and becomes a song full of energy, where of course, guitar is the guide. The softer moments bring that inherent jazz influence Plini has, so it is a nice jazz- metal track. Later it comes "Rupture" which enters again with a lot of energy, after 20 seconds it slows down and guitar start making some figures, but then where drums and bass enter again, the two guitars appear, making a powerful combo. This time is Ayu making a guitar solo, as a guest. The technique and virtuosity of these guys is really evident. I think instrumental metal lovers will love this.

The second part opens with "Solstice", and though there are similar elements between both musician's compositions, we note a change, I mean, one can recognize Plini's tracks from Aye's ones. This Solstice has a great start with a kind of post-rock feeling and nice keyboards, but later it changes and becomes much more powerful for some passages. After two minutes there is a short stop and we can take a breath, but then drums appear and a new structure is being built. In this track, there is Plini making a guest guitar solo. "Moonrise" has a brief atmospheric start, but then all of a sudden it explodes and becomes fast and powerful, showing us the virtuosity of these musicians. The music is totally in the prog metal vein, but also could be categorized as djent. This Ayu's part does not have the jazzy side of the Plini's one. And again, this is a great offering for instrumental metal lovers.

An excellent split, it is always a pleasure to discover and listen to musicians this great, though I am not a metal fan, I know when music is well done.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 3/5 |


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