Sarpedon are a band from Norway that plays a very progressive form of metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Anomic Nation" which will be released in December by inverse Records.
A very heavy old school metal sound starts off the album and a few seconds later melodic clean singing vocals are added into the music which also leads up to synths becoming a huge part of the bands musical style and at times blast beats can be heard in certain sections of the recording and after awhile the vocals start adding in more aggressive elements while also remaining melodic.
The solos and leads the band uses are in a very melodic 80's style of metal direction while the riffs bring in a more modern metal sound and as the album progresses the synths start adding in elements of 70's progressive rock and the band also brings in a few tracks that are very long and epic in length and at times the music has a very operatic and Broadway feeling.
At time s you can hear a decent amount of thrash influences in the bands progressive metal sound which also makes their music a lot more heavier than most bands of this genre as well as having a slight avant garde Norwegian black metal feeling at times and towards the end a small amount of acoustic guitars are added into the music.
Sarpedon plays a style of progressive metal that is very different, original and more heavier than most bands of this genre, the production sound s very professional while the lyrics cover dark and philosophical themes.
In my opinion Sarpedon are a very great sounding progressive metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Anomic Nation" "A Seed of Evil" and "My Mysteries Unwind - Part II". 8 out of 10.