Apoapsis - Balance EP (2015)
On their new EP, the Connecticut-based quartet of Apoapsis roll out their hard prog metal with a fair amount of style, from the beer-can crack at the end of the opener "Ballistic" to the densely-nested rhythms and beats packed into all of the songs. Switches and combinations of harsh and clean vocals give things an extra edge of unpredictability, mirroring the band's meshing of big-amped strings and more restrained moments. While the comparisons to melodeath and post-core come a little too easily at times (most notably with "Forward Motion"), the band's energy is hard to fault, as is their dedication to layering elements within the songs. If you can stand some full-on screaming and melody emphasis with your pinch harmonics, you might want to check in on them here at the out-set.
For Fans Of; Destrage, Loviatar, Muse, Five Black Bullets, Between the Buried and Me