Sydney prog/metal act Introspect are embracing an aggressive new era upon the release of their latest single ‘Winterbloom‘, not to mention debuting new vocalist Sam Thomlinson.
While it does begin with a soft prog-rock guitar intro, ‘Winterbloom‘ kinda sees the band embarking down heavier styles of metalcore outside of their former progressive roots, with the guys revealing:
“Winterbloom has emerged as the culmination of a general arc in our instrumental songwriting towards a heavier and more aggressive sound. The last few years have been incredibly difficult for us (and more or less everyone on the planet) that it no longer felt authentic or truthful to be writing optimistic, ambient prog. That style of music and perspective no longer resonates with any of us. We have all naturally gravitated toward darker and heavier sounds over the last year or so, both in taste and what we’ve been writing. Our new material is in many ways a reflection of the changing times.”
It definitely feels punchier and along similar styles as ERRA, Sleep Token and Darwin/Melbourne act Tapestry, another band we just can’t get enough of. ‘Winterbloom‘ is a super edgy vibe from a group willing to expand outside their progressive realms to push out their music as far as they possibly can.
Words by Tamara May @citylightstam
Listen to ‘Winterbloom‘ here