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REVIEW | Distant Signals resonates well with Resonance

Their first release, Resonance is a full-on djent album.

Track 1, “Breakfast Toast” starts with one guitar playing a djent riff before the entire band enters with full force, complete with ambient keyboards. Things slow down in the middle with an ambient section, before a melodic guitar solo. It just goes to show that just because you’re a progressive band doesn’t mean you can’t have melody. This song has a perfect balance of djent and melody. 5/5

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Editor’s note: Shows featuring Distant Signals have gotten a lot of photo coverage (see them all here) as well as two reviews of their sets by Anna and Sararosa.

Said Anna last March, “Distant Signals particularly stood out with their larger-than-life sounding instrumentals. They showed great skill with their instruments, making up for the lack of vocals, and kept the crowd intrigued like they were watching some epic action movie. Watch for their EP to come out soon—it’s currently being recorded.”

Listen along with Gabriel’s review of their latest EP Resonance.

by Gabriel

Distant Signals is an instrumental progressive metal band out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Distant Signals is:

Toivo Hannigan – guitar
Will Scott – guitar
Carlo Bowman – bass
Chris Isler – drums

Their first release, Resonance is a full-on djent album.

Track 1, “Breakfast Toast” starts with one guitar playing a djent riff before the entire band enters with full force, complete with ambient keyboards. Things slow down in the middle with an ambient section, before a melodic guitar solo. It just goes to show that just because you’re a progressive band doesn’t mean you can’t have melody. This song has a perfect balance of djent and melody.  5/5

Second, there’s “Motion.” It starts off more upbeat than “Breakfast Toast”. The first minute is full of djenting guitars overlayed again with keyboards. An ambient section leads into a shredding solo. This is where the guitarist(s) get to show their chops. The solo, in my opinion, is the highlight of this song. It shreds while still maintaining melody. An expertly-written track. 5/5

Things slow down considerably with “Julia”. The first two and a half minutes are slow-paced with clean channel guitars playing solos. The second half of the song picks up, with ambient alternate picking, reminiscent of black metal. It makes for an eerie atmosphere. Good song overall. 4/5

The last track, “Resonance”  features impressive dual guitar work. They saved the best for last with this one. This song has melody, shredding, and solid rhythm guitars. Melodic guitar work is spread throughout, along with an ambient bridge. This is an all-around great progressive metal song. A great finish to this EP. 5/5

I give this EP a 4.5/5 because this EP highlights musicianship rather than vocals. These kids write some killer progressive metal. In my opinion, they don’t need a singer to tell their stories. The guitars speak for themselves.

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