Dr. Gloumon - Damaged (2014)
Dr. Gloumon has been releasing albums since 2011's Afterwards, and on his latest release, the good doctor has concocted a bubbling cauldron of energetic prog metal to dole out to his patients. Heavy with blasting percussion, deep-churning bass, and guitar that provides a rich gilding, the songs move with a fluid quickness through their paces, rippling from one lead melody into the next with a staunch headiness. While the rhythms grow somewhat repetitive before too long (mostly due to the surplus of blast-beats), it's hard not to respect the dedication of this one-man band in assembling these thickly-layered pieces.
There's certainly enthusiasm and talent to be found here, and while a little more of the less drum-driven reflection of the mid-way track "Healing Time", or some more of the groove capabilities shown in the bass of "Paille Cares About Me", would have been welcome in providing balance to the album, the drive of Dr. Gloumon delivers a concise communication of his idiosyncratic intent and style. If you're looking for prog metal with toothy guitar and high amounts of percussion, and you've no objections to an absence of vocals, a visit to this doctor could be the ticket.
For Fans Of; Behold... The Arctopus, Destrage, Sir Millard Mulch, Machinae Supremacy, Between the Buried and Me