“Where The Wasteland Ends” – Blatherskite
I don’t often review metal albums. It’s not that I don’t listen to metal, in fact I am often searching for new metal bands, but there in lies the problem. As a listener of music, I do like to listen to bands that are different to the norm, and at the moment metal music seems to be in a rut (with only a few exceptions).
Blatherskite is one of these exceptions, they are very close in sound to Tool, but with less math-rock elements and more grooves.”Where the Wasteland Ends” is the band’s fourth studio album and has been lauded by many, for good reason.
Blatherskite are a five piece made up of two guitars, bass, drums and vocals. The two musicians that standout are Nick Goryl (Vocals) and Brendan Davie (Drums), I always say that a band has to have something that puts them above other bands, in this case it’s the bands chemistry and musical ability. Just listening to the recording, you can tell that this band is tight, Davie seems to keep pace on drums and this really rubs of onto the rest of the band. I also can’t fail to mention the singer’s hauntingly similar voice to Maynard James Keenan, it’s quite impressive. His voice is one of the highlights of the band and it really stands out on the album, especially on the opening track, ‘Majestic’.
The production is impressive and especially on an album that has had minimal backing in term of funds. A lot of smaller bands fall over with the production and in my experience it does have a very large detrimental effect if the production is not up to standard, but in the case of “Where The Wasteland Ends” this is not an issue.
There is only one disappointing aspect of the album though, in the end there is a lack of a standout song that really imprints itself into your memory and I think most top-class albums have a song that achieves that. Because of this, the album a piece of music that has to be listened to in full.
As an album it’s bordering on a top-class album, but it lacks that little bit that would make it into a great album. In saying that though, I can’t remember an Australian metal album that betters “Where The Wasteland Ends”. Sure, Karnivool’s “Themata” and Cog’s “The New Normal” are amazing albums, but they both stray from metal and delve into prog-rock, causing me to usually lump them into the rock genre, unlike the two bands mentioned, Blatherskite sounds like a metal band.
Overall, why would you listen to this band? Well, the answer to that is simple. They are a band that has incredible chemistry and have made an album that stands up to most metal albums made in the last decade. The fact that they are a part of the Australian music scene, should evoke pride because I think one of the negatives of the Australian music scene is the lack of quality metal bands.
Support this band, they should be a well known Australian act, but for one reason or another they aren’t. Get onto them.
Reviewers Pick: “Majestic”
Stand-out Tracks: “Majestic”, “Dogs”