Chuck Schuldiner Project

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Becoming The Lion - Unearthly Creature

It's been interesting to watch the gradual growth of post metal. Where it formerly really only meant things like Neurosis, now the genre has gone on to embrace everything from prog to metalcore. These elements are especially prevalent in the work of Becoming The Lion. Their new record Unearthly Creature is a majestic blend of ideas that makes for a distinct and exciting listen. This is an album that sees the band not only making huge steps forward as musicians but one which will leave you with your hands in the iar, utterly in awe of their songwriting. 

While the opening tracks lean more into the progressive or metalcore side of things, it is the back half of the album that holds the real meat of the record. The album opener 'A Fireside Tale For Those Of Inquiry' is solid, if a bit tropey. It's only a hint of what's to come though. The longest track on the record, the epic, 'Rise And Fall, A Legend Is Born' is one of the moments where Unearthly Creature really pushes towards transcendence. The Russian Circles influence comes to the fore and the music becomes anthemic. It is the closing track, 'Silent Return' which is far and away the best though. It's a track that sees the band fusing all their masterful elements only hinted at in the past and turning the record into a goddamn stunner. 

Unearthly Creature is a record that gets better after multiple listens. I think that there are so many layers involved in what the band is doing that it becomes very easy to sort of gloss over it upon the first spin. However, when you spend more time and really dig in it becomes clear that Unearthly Creature is a truly fascinating release. The bands eagerness to bring in disparate elements serves to make them interesting, but it is their implementation and willingness to embrace deeper layers and levels that turns them into a one of a kind band. 

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