I think I may have stumbled across one of the most proficient, technical musical highlights of 2017 so far. "Arch Echo", are an up and coming band, combining the best of Dream Theater's technicality and the djent movement.
What I noticed straight from the first second, is each band member's mind blowing skill on their instrument, guitarists Rafowitz and Bentley have a strong ability to craft both melodic, story telling guitar solos and passages which take this album through so many phases and at no point did I feel lyrics where required to express the band's message.
I struggled to pick a favourite moment or song from this monument of a debut album, but I managed to narrow it down to, "Hip Dipper, My Head Sometimes and My Heart Sometimes". Hip Dipper begins with an almost funk-like sound, it has a great groove to it, the opening solo blew me away and the song only goes from strength to strength, the keyboards are absolutely exceptional throughout this track.
Never does the album get dull, it is so rich in expression and each time I listened to it the music took me to a different place. The keyboard outro of, "My Head Sometimes", leading into the final song is one of high emotion and space, which allows the listener time to interpret and make sense of this brilliant album. It is hard to express in words how clever and moving some of the elements in this album are, so I'll let you be the judge.
Arch Echo's album concludes with an epic climax, where the band takes it up even higher and in just over 45 minutes this LP leaves you hungry for its sequel, and I can only hope it comes soon.