Earlier this year, the Finnish progressive metal newcomer TIME PRIMER released their debut EP "Obstinate", following a single called "The Soucriant", which was our featured single a little while ago.
The EP opens with "The Soucriant". Previously, we wrote that progressive metal as a genre, has the reputation of being complex, with wicked time signature changes and complex passages that are often hard to swallow. "The Soucriant" also plays a part in that reputation of complexity, but is surprisingly easy to the ear. It has a lot of beautiful and catch melodies, and reminds of HAKEN, LEPROUS and DREAM TEATHER. Based one single, I wasn't sure what to expect from this EP, because you never know with prog. However, the band shows in these four songs that they have a lot of potential, even more than I initially thought.
This is also clear in the other songs, with slightly a more aggressive approach "Passing Milestones" follows up "The Soucriant" smoothly and already shows us that the band has a lot more potential than we initially thought. "Passing Milestones" perhaps is my personal favorite of the EP. "Nautilus" starts off really softly, but then shows a more aggressive side of TIME PRIMER. "8611" follows in the same line again. The songs evolve a lot from point a to z, twisting and turning, never boring, always intriguing.
Even though, at times, the band sometimes loses focus in the really long passages, and perhaps try to showcase their skill set a little bit too much, "Obstinate" was a great EP to listen to. This can easily be solved by developing their own sound even more, and making sure that the tracks are not overloaded with stellar musicianship. This being said, "Obstinate" is a very strong start for TIME PRIMER, and shows that the band has a very promising future in the progressive metal scene in Finland. I'm sure we'll hear a lot from these guys, and I'm already looking forward to their debut album!
- The Soucriant
- Passing Milestones
Antti Varjanne - Bass
Janne Korpela - Guitar
Heikki Ala-Nikkola - Guitar, Keys, Machines
Sami Rahko - Drums, Percussion