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Good to see a band, a British band at that, thinking outside of the box.

This London-based Prog Metal outfit return with their second album and for anyone who's not encountered Isurus previously, yes it is an unusual name. A bit of googling results in reference to assorted business types and mackerel sharks of all things – but a name and logo which evoke a mysterious mythology. The even more inventive album title and a series of songs have equally obscure and cryptic titles which all adds to the mystique. Not the sort of thing you'd necessarily associate with Progressive Metal but typical of the Isurus attitude also reflected in their business model – what they call a conscious attempt to reject the traditional music business model – sees 'Logocharya' appearing as an impressive little media-book package and not only self-produced but no expenses spared to have the album mixed by Daniel Bergstarnd (Meshuggah) which gives the songs a pretty fair oomph.

Nothing wrong though with looking to do something different from the norm to make your band stand out – what you'd call their USP but once into the music, the mists (or mysts) clear and the familiar technical dexterity and arrangements ensure that the music is much more familiar, not that even that facet falls neatly into place; their brand of Prog Metal bleeding into areas of Thrash and Melodic Metal. At times, calm and restrained yet also capable of providing an intensity to give the album the type of variety many bands in the genre struggle to achieve.

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The David Bonney, Thomas Drew and Braun Amore core of this three-piece find themselves supplemented by Daniele Gravina on bass, although it's Bonney's guitar work which provides the memorable moments on the album. Varying between distorted and aggressive riffing to more complex parts while resisting the temptation to veer off into mind numbing solos, his work defines the songs while Amore adds his lyrical spin to the mix. How well the lyrical content match the song titles might take much more of an in-depth study and there's undoubtedly plenty of homework for students of song interpretation to get their teeth into.

Of the music itself, there are parts which might evoke something more derivative; 'Opus' has a strong Metallica feel and fans of Tool might find this in their ballpark of choice, yet there's a lot to admire... such as the originality of the two part 'Yama' – Part 1 and instrumental breaking into what might become a typical Isurus trademark in Part 2. Similarly, the material while fitting a niche, has the potential to break free of the expected.

Good to see a band, a British band at that, thinking outside of the box.

Mike Ainscoe

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