Shattered Skies - Muted Neon: Album Review
When Shattered Skies released The World We Used To Know it instantly became a favourite and was one of my top albums of 2015. Fast forward three years with the band having only played a handful of gigs and undertaking a line-up change and all of a sudden this new album Muted Neon drops! I had to go hunting for it though, we couldn’t see their flag waving up here in Manchester!
The album opens solidly enough with The Disaffected but moving onto You Will Know My Name we get an absolute banger of a tune, fashioned in the style of the previous album with lots of deep djenty riffage and some interesting 80’s synth pads.
Well, to be fair and even, the whole album is full of deep djenty riffage and powerful proggy nuances but what sets them apart is the strength of their songs, the hooks, the choruses and on top of that a polished production and mix; it is all of this that sets them apart from their peers.
The singing is crystal clear too, new vocalist Gerry Brown sounds almost identical to their previous tonsil warbler – Arisen is a great vehicle for him and the balance of djent, math rock and keyboards is perfect – quite possibly the best track on the album.
We go back to some seriously deep djent riffing on Shut In, another monster of a track. The OMD stylised synth in Limbus is an interesting touch and works very well as the lead in to the epic of the album, The First Circle which is as big as you would expect but has space to breath and run it’s course.
Shattered Skies are one of the best bands at this stuff, and this album is exactly what I wanted and expected from them. Some will say they haven’t progressed, move on, but for me that is a blessing as they have perfected their sound and it works exceptionally well for them, defining them.
The band are still at the top of my must see list – hopefully this will be rectified next year – in the meantime, if djent is your thing… BUY THIS ALBUM!!