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    Fri, 21 Aug 2015 11:28:31

    EP of the Week: MeridieM 'Odysseia' -

    A new hero arrives with this expansive and entrancing EP.

    MeridieM take EP of the Week with their new release, Odysseia. The New York four-piece elegantly weaves together classic prog a la King Crimson with an eight-string crunch evocative of Deftones and Meshuggah. It’s a delicate alchemy that drives the four-song collection and makes it a head-spinning trip for anybody looking for an instrumental opus of the highest order. The group—Nicole Papastavrou [guitar], Karine Catenacci [piano], Kevin Corcoran [drums], and Chris Marrone [bass]—manages to make something that demands complete listens from top-to-bottom and ushers in a new era for metallic prog.

    Opener “Katabases” teeters between gnashing grooves and mind-blowing fretwork, immediately elevating Nicole to guitar goddess status right out of the gate. This interplay of her eight-string mastery and keys and rhythms makes for a warm and wild sonic backdrop. It’s fascinating as around every turn tracks like “Cosmogony” and “Arkana” continually surprise and scorch. It’s meant to be listened to headphones loud, and you’ll be floating off to space from the first note until the final climax. “Supernova,” the introductory single and last track, offers shining proof of the band’s incredible depth and dynamics with one final bang.

    MeridieM stands poised to take over the instrumental realm with Odysseia and Nicole’s on her way to the pantheon of guitar greatness. A new hero arrives with this expansive and entrancing EP.

    Listen to "Katabases" from MeridieM

    Rick Florino

    'Odysseia' from MeridieM is available via Anarkissed LTD.

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