(In this post TheMadIsraeli reviews the latest EP by Toronto’s Intervals.)
Aaron Marshall is really quite something. A guy just sitting in his bedroom fucking around with a love for all the elements modern metal contains, including the dreaded D-word, puts up a couple YouTube videos of himself playing his songs and he takes off after showing that he’s an instrumental metal tour de force.
Last year I reviewed his last EP under the Intervals moniker, The Space Between, and that EP is still a badass listening experience. Now he’s back with a new EP, the same killer line-up from the first EP, and his sound taken to the next level. This EP is instrumental technical groove metal of the best sort. I would try to pinpoint the influences but I really think Intervals have their own sound.
Here you’re going to find lots of low-tuned riffs with a propulsive, almost funk-like groove to them, soulful solos, and syncopation out the ass. The emphasis is definitely on modern djenty/tech-metal style riffing. There is a risk this EP would have fallen flat on its face if it weren’t for the fact Marshall knows how to write some delicious, catchy, dazzling guitar parts.