EP Review: Into the Storm – Captains
Release date: December, 2011
Label: Alive & Breathing Records
Genre: Experimental / Progressive Stoner
So you write five songs that you name Bodhi Zephyr, Jean-Luc Picard, John Jameson, K’nuckles and Walter White and you stick ‘em all on an EP that you title Captains. I find that pretty original.
Why? I have no clue, I guess that’s why it’s original. At first I thought all of them were going to be captains, but that shit flies only for Jean-Luc Picard and K’nuckles. You can pull it wider and say all of them are TV / movie / comic characters, but even then I’m left with Bodhi Zephyr. Who / what the fuck is that? Well, the cool thing is that the music on Captains works about in the same way: it makes you think you see patterns and then proves you wrong about them.
I can’t really find anything about Into the Storm, except that they’re four dudes out of Seattle and that they released Captains as a sophomore to their 2010 album Amidst a Sea of Chaos, which I haven’t heard, by the way. I’ve heard plenty of Captains though, and it’s hot shit.
Into the Storm does a piece of music that is raw and sludgy, but progressive and highly original too. I’m guessing if you’d mix some psychedelic Djent with a bit of Stoner, some Grunge and a lot of drugs Captains is what you’d get. It’s brilliant, makes perfect sense and absolutely no sense at all at the same time. I guess that eluding but attracting feat is what makes it so interesting.
I’ll admit it though, first couple of times I played the EP I was put off a bit. Like it was too fucked up, or maybe complex, or maybe just too random, for my autistic brain. But Captains needs time and a bunch of spins. After a few runs patterns are starting to emerge that make you think you know what the band is up to. But you’re really nowhere close in the end. The result is that Captains stays interesting even after what have been quite a few spins now. And that’s a remarkable achievement.
I’ll just leave it at that and tell you to start listening. Give it some time and try to disentangle the instrumental layers for added satisfaction.
My Grade: 8.0/10
Buy this when:
- you’re willing to invest in it with time and attention
- you tend to like your Metal a bit raw, but still intelligent