The album opens with an electronic bass line, vocals come in, jazzy drums enter the room and just when you start thinking about trip-hop, the whole band explodes in a frenzy of distorted guitars and pounding drums. That was only opener 'The Perfect Lie'. 'Screaming' takes on a different approach, coming close to the lovechild of post-rock and mathrock, or perhaps darkjazz for headbangers.
'The Complex' then takes on a full-on metal approach, reminding me a bit of acts like Tool or Deftones. This song is not only pretty damn heavy, it also has a System Of A Down like melody in the vocals, which is, well, awesome. By now, I think I can regard Sons Of Providence of an accessible version of acts like Kayo Dot or Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. They combine an avant-garde approach with a modern metal sound, much to my delight.
It gets even weirder. In 'Wish' there are ambient soundscapes and piano, creating a soothing ballad which reminds me of Nick Cave doing a duet with My Dying Bride, or something like that. I don't know. I'm confused now. This whole album is so immensely varied but still has a distinct sound, which makes it hard to compare to anything without comparing it to everything. There, now you're confused too.
More? Why not, since we're apparently doing a song-by-song for this one. 'Inevitable' is a harsh, mid-tempo industrial track which Marylin Manson would wish he made, or which Nine Inch Nails could have made with System Of A Down. Closer 'Concious' opens like another nice ballad but turns into quite an impending piece of industrial, like Nine Inch Nails featuring Deine Lakeien. Well, maybe.
If you can still follow by now, go ahead and check out this odd little gem. Beyond all confusion and strangeness, this certainly is a splendid album with some very inspiring songs. True, it is avant-garde stuff but I feel like Sons Of Providence have found a way to possibly reach large audiences with their unique sound. I hope they're coming to Europe soon, because I want to do see them doing this stuff live...