Excellion - Unsean
Arena sized Mexican prog
Words: Paul Cooke
Mexican foursome, Excellion unleash their fourth musical outing in an eight year career that has seen them share the stage with the likes of Black Veil Brides, TesseracT and Miss May I, amongst others - a diverse mix to say the least.
Crackling open with Unsean Part 1, what emerges forth is an intro that brings to mind a typical Cult of Luna soundscape. A sparse sounding guitar chug soon marries a rolling, rumbling drum battery before a lovely violent riff introduces the listener to soaring vocal passages. The track floats away after seven minutes with a 30 Seconds to Mars style, stadium filling ‘whoa whoa’s’ that you can easily imagine soaring over any huge festival crowd.
Excellion fuse energetic math-metal to heavy arsed djent, with nods towards melodic post-hardcore along the way, blending these styles effortlessly to create a progressive sound all of their own. Simultaneously unique but familiar, this EP is driven by excellent musicianship and a precise playing ability that gives it a huge spacious sound. In this record you will find moments of intense aggression occasionally giving way to softer more sublime musical passages as the band stride confidently through their influences to deliver an arena-sized sound.
Overall, this release is bulging with cracking musical ideas by a band that are more than capable of executing them. Complex musical moments are rendered deceptively simple and there’s more than a fair share of delicate, towering beauty to be found here. Well worth exploring. Lovely stuff.