Return To Nothing
Review by Adam M on November 10, 2016.
Source has a heavy rock style that immediately draws a comparison to Tool. The music is geared towards a Tool type of song structure. There are the very high tech rhythms associated with that band’s music that are attached to Source’s stuff. It’s almost industrial, but really more organic sounding than that.
This leads to a sound that is somewhat commercial, but dense enough to be taken in the underground. Interestingly, this has as many nods to Undertow it does the band’s more complex works like Aenima and Lateralus . It leads to a sound that is very old school along with the freshness of the small amount of bands that have delved into the Tool sound. Return to Nothing similar to last year’s Known/Learned by Arcane in some respects, but also has its own uniqueness associated with it. It has plenty of progressive vibes that emanate from the guitar riffs present. They are kept in check by structures that are more traditional than those of Tool, however. This leads to a very new sound that is fresh and exciting because there haven’t really been many bands that have delved here. However, it could be brought into more progressive pastures than those that are even already present. The vocals are similar to Maynard James Keenan in clean form. The occasional harsh vocal appears that is similar to nothing else. The overall instrumentation is slightly more original and different than Tool. The songs are very upbeat in nature. Still, one would wish for slightly more complexity to be thrown into the mix at times. This is the only flaw in an album full of positives and there are simply so many good things going on that they’re hard to ignore them.
As a band that draws heavily from Tool, it’s comforting to know there are these guys around. This is especially the case when the date of the new Tool album has still yet to be determined.
Rating: 8 out of 10