Canvas Solaris - The Atomized Dream Review
by Matt Hensch
I think it is very important for 24/7 metalheads to semi-frequently dabble into other forms of musical genetics, as doing so can actually expand one's taste in unusual artists, especially further than the listener's head-banging birthplace. Indeed, my personal revelations have allowed the bizarre mixture of obscure progressive metal and instrumental flow to show Canvas Solaris' The Atomized Dream amongst other squads, yet time has shown flaws within their fourth album caused by daring trails reaching toward new frontiers. The record's sole attack is progressive metal given soft influence and a pound of atmosphere, which is fine, but not done very well at sunset. So in explanation of such minor plagues in multiple quantities, I'm left feeling rather 'blah' after countless instances of hearing Canvas Solaris' abstract pattern.
Now performing music that appears like something a barometer would measure is not immediately horrid, but these guys kind of take the idea too far. About eight of the ten tracks reveal a keyboard-driven buoy bent on moving everything against gravity, as proven by free-floating instruments just emitting an ambience ridden with semi-heavy guitars and technical percussion. Most of these recordings look rather intelligent upon dissection, leaving room for cool shredding and limitless performances; it is truly unique once realizing how simple it all is at Canvas Solaris' core. I do not find it ironic that tunes focusing on complex, heavier musicianship actually lead the charge throughout The Atomized Dream, which can be easily proven upon experiencing the likes of "Solar Droid" and progressive anthems demonstrating an attack, rather than a musical blimp. At the day's end, however, trippy atmosphere penetrates almost all around it, creating a galactic vibe within your listening space; quite a record of an experimental nature, if not a bit overblown.
However, there are several issues summoned when our uncharacteristic gentlemen constantly worship this distinct equation, which can honestly be found during moments both mediocre and enjoyable. Hearing tracks like "Chromatic Dusk" and "The Binaural Beat" prepares you for a ride of simplicity, mostly engaging in meandering structures that can't go anywhere or do anything; lacking concrete ideas, the illness takes over a dangerous amount of songs. On a problematic scale, these bouncing textures look extremely dour once The Atomized Dream has received play upon play, proving Canvas Solaris cannot keep musical strides on a proper road; there's too much floating around, minus the poetic attributes. Sure all of it is imaginative beyond the cosmos, but that does not change these humdrum plights into blissful gifts. Well, maybe if you are easily amused, anyway.
So in conclusion, Canvas Solaris' demeanor has a decent amount of pleasure-emitting drones within these cloudy fences, but they just fail at making the whole formula memorable, which simply boils this whole effort into a materialistic item with little impact. I do find The Atomized Dream rather interesting on several premises, yet Canvas Solaris can't take their unique edge anywhere else besides an atmospheric tickle and the occasional zest of progressive instrumentation. Not something I'd suggest unless you really have a sweet-tooth for this kind of stuff; other individuals will find this record completely boring and uninspired. Cast forth thy own judgment appropriately.
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