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Opusculus is a Canadian band hailing from Montreal, Canada. They formed in 2007 by drummer Michel Landry and officially became a power trio in 2007. Rounding out the line-up is Jocelyn Maheux (guitar) and Taz (bass). Their debut album titled Consonant was originally released in 2011 and has now been reissued by PRC Music. According to the liner notes the original sound has not been altered in any way.
The album consists of a single sixty-two minute track separated into twenty movements and took five years to record. That is quite an ambitious statement, especially when considering this is their debut disc.
With just drums, bass and guitar the band produce an amazingly full sound with many textures, tempo changes, off kilter rhythms and virtuosic playing. The rhythm section is absolutely great. Heavy prog and fusion with the occasional jazzy element are the main ingredients here and it is all played exceptionally well. There is no point describing each movement as that would be a daunting task and the pieces mostly flow quite well together. The first movement titled "B" is mostly heavy prog with an excellent repeating guitar riff and an awesome drum/bass groove. The trio almost ventures into math rock territory and are an incredibly tight unit. On "C", varying tempos and meter changes again up the complexity and on "D" the guitar work has a fusiony oriental bent. The drums and bass on "G" is something to behold while the guitar has a jazz-like fusion touch. The album ends with "Z", a montage of quieter jazzy guitar lines, metallic riffs, intense drums and an overall off kilter and experimental sound. One of the more unusual offerings to end what is a very enjoyable album.
This isn't music that will stick in your head immediately, no, the complexity and off the wall sounds will take time to absorb. If you appreciate an experimental harder edge in your progressive rock, Opusculus may be a band for you.
Added: February 7th 2018
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Band's Official Site
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