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Canvas Solaris: Irradiance
Progrssive Metal
Sensory Records
June 22nd, 2010
Release length: 44:03
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Canvas Solaris is an instrumental Progressive Metal act that formed back in 2000. Since that time, the band has put out a decent amount of releases, including one debut EP and four full-length albums, typically spanning roughly two years apart witch exception of Cortical Tectonics that hit between the staple two year time. It’s been another two years, and their fifth full-length effort, Irradiance is here, and is often a very impressive work that typically feel powerful, as in enlightening to the spirit, and thanks to some of the elements in the music that are implimented, can even border on an atmosphere of mechanics.

By mechanics, that means as in machines, and not in a stiff composition or repetitive. THe music on Irradiance flows naturally like one would expect from a Progressive Metal act, and the music is obviously performed in a way that is meant to be instrumental, hitting certain pitches and tones that would sound horrid with vocals being implimented at times. Take the second song “Conveyance of Flux”, one of the tracks on here that sometimes gives a dark and mechanical feel to it thanks to the synths implimented, especially about half way through the track. It’s hard to picture this song with any form of vocal work thrown in, even though the band once did feature a vocalist, as there is just so much going on in the background of the song that it really would clash horribly if there was one present in this recording.

Irradiance also takes each instrument into consideration for it’s own. Throughout the album, there are plenty of moments where specific albums see to be pushed forward, or simply just shine through against the rest. While the bass is typically drowned out in many of the songs when the electric guitars are at play, the bass really shines through in the slower moments that really incorporate the synthesizers and push the song forward, almost as if it is a bass solo layered over the effects and a suiting progressive drumming that pushes the track along. “Conveyance of Flux” is really the first time you’ll pick up on this, as “Adaptive Optics” is more of a straight forward Progressive songt hat dosn’t really stand out against the rest of the material found here. “The Horizon Feasts on Stars” is another of the earlier tracks on the release that really shows this off, and also has a very well composed chorus that puts some great effects into use to make it very catchy and more then likely have you air guitaring after a little while along with it. This is also one of the rare tracks one could picture some clean singing incorporated, but again, that would take away from the overall musical experience of the track, as well as with the guitar solo that appears and seems to just dominate the track for a little bit.

Much of Irradiance is laid back. While there is plenty of talent showcased on this release, you sometimes can’t help but wonder if the group could pull of a much heavier, or even more powerful recording compared to some of these. One listen to “Conveyance of Flux” and even “Accelerated Testing Phase” will bring these questions up considering the darker side of the band’s musical skills compared to the lighter, more upbeat tracks that make up a good chunk of the material. “Threads of Dead Space” is another of these contendors that make one think the band could have done a little more with it. This track, first of all, is a bit off the wall with the guitars and take the Progressive aspect of the music a bit too far. This causes the song to sometimes feel completely random at times, and not even of that great a Progressive calibur. It’s also the hardest hitting track on here, but mostly due to the odd timing signatures that just randomly come into play, and the heavier synths used in the background. Aside that, there isn’t much out of the norm for this release, as Irradiance seems to follow much of the general concepts for Progressive music with “Soliton (Emergence from Dispersion)” and “Vapor Chasm” being the only other two tracks that really stand out on the album thanks to the additional instruments incorporated, as well as the way that certain synthesizers are used, as well as the very heavy moment that comes into play about a third of the way through the song, as well as the following talented and moving usic that the group produces for this song. This track is what one would expect fromt his group, but in the end, it only sits at this one track.

In the end, Irradiance proves to be a decent album, but there’s just nothing all that impressive behind it for much of the album. Canvas Solaris has some great potential, but in the end only really focus on writing material that doesn’t quite stand out until “Vapor Chasm”, and even then it’s only that one song. There’s no real atmosphere to this recorded outside of a far darker sounding tracks, as much of the album goes at a mid-tempo pace with upbeat material that, for the most part, becomes rather repetitive regardless of the band’s ability to isolate certain instruments in songs and make them stand out moreso then the rest. irradiance is not a bad offering, and often shows great talent, but in the end is just something that will wind up losing it’s replay factor very quickly due to a great lack of variety.

01. Adaptive Optics – 4:15
02. Conveyance of Flux – 5:40
03. The Horizon Feasts on Stars – 5:09
04. Glacier – 3:08
05. Accelerated Testing Phase – 4:00
06. Threads of Dead Space – 5:01
07. Solition (Emergence from Dispersion) – 6:37
08. Vapor Chasm – 6:25
09. Null Proximity – 3:48
Overall Score: 5.5/10
Canvas Solaris (Band)
Canvas Solaris (Logo)Digital review copy of this release provided by Sensory Records via Earsplit PR.