GARTH ARUM “THE DAWN OF A NEW CREATION”

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GARTH ARUM “THE DAWN OF A NEW CREATION”

Garth Arum is a one-man project, but the multifaceted, hyper-complex compositions that fire from Nightmarer are befitting of a full-blown prog metal collective. The composer has a wily way with melody, and he merges the guttural and the gorgeous at every turn on The Dawn of a New Creation.

The pace of the album is freeing; it ebbs and flows with vibrant chugs, crystalline piano plinks, and sprinting blast-beats. And while these elements can all be found in the cresting “Shadows of the Past,” “The Path to Oblivion” shifts gears and emerges with clean guitar, female vocals, and electronic bass swells. It is sonic trickery, but this isn’t a bad thing. In fact, it is this restless nature that makes these songs and this album addictive. Each of the 11 compositions has its own steely personality, an identity that is unique both in sound and texture.

The Dawn of a New Creation establishes Garth Arum as a sonic innovator whose big ideas beget even bigger compositions.

The Dawn of a New Creation is out now on Satanath Records.

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars