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Mathy meanderings and atmospheric interludes flavor Without Waves’ Lunar 

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Without Waves

Matthew Gregory Hollis

This Chicago progressive-metal quartet commanded a lot of ears with their 2011 debut, Scab Platter, and its follow-up EP, 2014’s The Entheogen. Now they’re set to celebrate the release of their Prosthetic Records debut, Lunar. So what about those ears they’ve commanded? They’re getting bruised and battered plenty, because Lunar never lets up. You’ll hear strains of mathy meanderings and jarring jazz shifts mingled with atmospheric interludes of surprising beauty. Without Waves excel at both when they decide to focus and apply themselves to being a wild-and-woolly riff machine, as on “Poetry in Putrid Air,” and when they show a more tender side—“Us Against” is basically a postmodern power ballad. The double LP is a generous heaping of ingenuity, and if I have a criticism at all it’s that the pacing could be better. But I certainly can’t complain about either quality or quantity—Without Waves are a band to watch for sure.   v


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