Vessels is the debut album by Ethos, a progressive rock band from Rome, Georgia. Ethos was formed in 2009 and consists of Austen Earp (lead vocals, piano, guitar, synthesizer), Matthew Palopoli (lead guitar, vocals), Nick Riggs (bass, vocals) and Tribb Robison (drums, percussion). The band skillfully combines heavy riffs with classical piano and melodic vocals while experimenting with multiple musical styles.
Vessels was independently released in 2012 and features 9 songs with a lot of high energy progressive riffs, emotive melodies and classical parts.
As soon as it begins, the album prepares,through its first track, the listener for what comes next. The first song, “Supernova (Prelude in A-minor)”, is a really energetic song whose every aspectcharacterizes Ethos. It contains all those heavy riffs one would want to listen in the opening track of an album, harmonically combined with the aforementioned classical piano parts and melodic vocal lines. Generally, another point that shows the classical influences of the band is categorizing songs into Preludes or Waltzes. Personally, I think that “Supernova” is the most characteristic song of the album.
The album continues with “Of Ridding the Parasites (Waltz in C-sharp minor)”, which is a rhythmical song (as a waltz should be!) that has a lot of mood changes and a beautiful synth part.
The rest of the album continues in the same way. Plenty of heavy progressive riffs, odd time signatures, carefully chosen vocal melodies, style alternations and classical piano. The classical parts are masterfully combined with the rest, something that makes the album incredibly interesting and pleasant.
In the end comes the longest song of the album, “Vessels (Allegro in C-sharp minor)”, which may seem calm due to the characteristically classical piano intro, but there are a lot of things going on there. A lot of alternations, basically, in everything, keep the listener active and alertthroughout the entire song.
Concluding, I would totally recommend this album to anyone who is interested in new progressive metal/rock.
Songs worth checking: Supernova (Prelude in A-minor), The Rift, Vessels (Allegro in C-sharp minor).