Track #1, “Apoptosis“, sets the scene for the unfolding of a grand sonic vision, sending the listener into a meditative state in preparation of what’s to come. This is the start of “Samaroid Dioramas“, a progressive\post-metal album by the band Sunpocrisy.
Following the intro, the album kicks off with “Apophenia”, right away providing us with epic riffage à la early Mastodon. We follow the catchy rhythm, almost unnoticing the melodies that begin to arise along it, half-hidden but slowly growing more dominant with each second. These surround us subtly, as the vocals rasp\growl at us about being “deaf to the universe that guides us. How can we enhance our thin perception of every small wonder hiding behind simple shapes?”. Umm..good question? The music on this track flows brilliantly, initially starting with one solid riff, then colliding with more abstract layers that carry you deeper into the concept of the album. It also showcases the band’s unique sound that’s filled with satisfying reverb!
Lyrically this track is in itself a question and an answer. Intrigued? Hear it below!
Next up, “Φ – Phi” starts peacefully, with excellent clean vocals, before delving into driving distortion and growls. This track initially feels scattered for the sake of complexity and less focused in meaning as “Aphophenia”, but does enter a beautiful jam mid-song, and by its end offers a healthy chunky riff. Talkin’ of those, Sunpocrisy sometimes include Djent-y polyrhythms in their riffage but overall have an overwhelming oldschool approach, and the latter is key to their songs’ high quality.
In case you still haven’t figured out the meaning of life and the universe, keep reading; Sunpocrisy deal with the subject, and as impossible as that sounds, they actually do a good job. The middle of the album consists of shorter tracks that represent a calm in the storm, such as the soothing gem “Vertex” and the geeky intro “Trismegistus“. Feeling refreshed, we are ready to plunge again into aggression with “Samaroid“, which is maybe the masterpiece of “Samaroid Dioramas”. The band alternates between prog ideas and “core” breaks beautifully, while on the lyrical side things culminate in mind-blowing manner.
Last tracks “Samaroid/Dioramas” and “Dioramas” aren’t just lengthy but show variation, as the whole album does; between interesting rhythms & percussion, raspy growls and airy dreamy clean vocals, etc. The creative ideas feel organic, as in that everything sounds like a natural continuation of itself, moving patiently but with admirable certainty. This journey is sublime and enchanting, spiritual even, both musically and lyrically. “Samaroid Dioramas” is an excellent, unique album that trancends labels like “modern” or “oldschool”, feeling like a breath of fresh air in the prog metal scene.