In describing their music as “Dark Oriental Metal”, Jordan’s Bilocate differentiate themselves from the black mass by ascribing to their music something mysterious and exotic, something “other”, yet what they have delivered is an album where the “Oriental” aspect appears as more a garnish than a foundation. The band members are all clearly adept musicians, as musically-informed in the traditions of their history and culture as they are in those of metal, and so the compositions have a modern (read “western”) feel to them. In terms of melody, harmony and orchestration, the keyboard work is exceptional but the sounds are weak, the pianos and the orchestral sounds are too synthetic and “tinkly” to lend the tracks the weight they are trying to convey. With most of the tracks being re-recorded versions of tracks from their 2005 debut, ‘Dysphoria’ (where tracks 8, 9 & 10 appeared as one twenty minute track), Bilocate have taken the time to give them the kind of production that they see fit; and as for being seven years old, the tracks remain fairly solid. At seventy four minutes, ‘Summoning The Bygones’ is symphonic, melodic, and progressive and has as much depth as it does weight, yet the tracks can feel self-indulgent, the band cramming everything they can muster into the elaborate and intricate structures and the complex arrangements to show off their abilities. Again, Bilocate are another band whose insistence on re-recording old material – which is of a high standard – should hopefully portend a follow up album where they summon a promising future with new material that takes what they have done here and really push it. Given what’s here, that will surely be something special.
SUMMONING THE BYGONES
Review by Jason Guest
11th June 2012
1) The Tragedy Within
2) Beyond Inner Sleep
3) A Deadly Path
5) Dead Emotion
7) 2nd War in Heaven
8) A Desire to Leave - Obscurity
9) A Desire to Leave - Surrounding Hell
10) A Desire to Leave - Of Leaving
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"...‘Summoning The Bygones’ is symphonic, melodic, and progressive and has as much depth as it does weight, yet the tracks can feel self-indulgent..."