Chimp Spanner – All Roads Lead Here EP – 84%

All Roads Lead Here cover art

Ahh good ole Chimp Spanner, the Animals as Leaders meets mid 90’s Dream Theater powerhouse. Here we have a 24 minute EP just oozing with palm mutey, chord progressiony but don’t just don’t call it Djent goodness. The great thing about this album is that it should appeal to a wide variety of fans from Porcupine Tree prog heads to Meshuggah fueled tech Metalers and everything in between. The bad thing is that while this effort gets the job done as a jack of all trades EP, the direction is certainly lacking. Musically, I’m not really sure what Chimp Spannner is headed after this. They’ve set the bar really high for themselves in previous releases, but there is still a long ways to go before this band peaks (if it ever does!) Still a tight sounding well textured album that no one should sleep on. 3/23/12

Available for around $8 on bandcamp: http://basickrecords.bandcamp.com/album/all-roads-lead-here 

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