Review by Adam M on March 23, 2017.
Without Waves have a varied and interesting sound. They alternate between harsh and quieter tunes on this disc. The style is one of a kind and there is currently no album that sounds like Lunar on the market.
The heavy sections recall Meshuggah and the hardcore genre and are effective at conveying an aggressive tone. The softer sections recall progressive music at its most atmospheric and nicely complement the other tracks overall. It really is these quieter moments that make the disc as good as it is overall. See the mesmerizing Us Against for an example of a more subdued track that is very effective and sounds like A Perfect Circle. It occurs at the perfect point of the album where a change of pace would have been welcome. Overall, this band is impossible to predict and it makes them an interesting outfit. Musically, there are a variety of vocal styles to complement the louder and softer portions of the tracks. The guitars match the mood of the songs as do the drums. The overall mix of the songs varies depending on the tone the band is going for. The hardcore portions mirror djent bands, while the softer sections are more moody and emotional. The production job is solid and complements whichever direction the band wants to go in. The problem with this type of music is that it’s inconsistent and there are moments that are stronger than others present. The album feels like a collage at times rather than a cohesive whole.
This style is style very original and this aspect of the band is portrayed at the forefront. The really fresh and exciting style is one of a kind and breathes fresh air into the metal scene. Without Waves have crafted a solid and varied album with Lunar.
Overall: 7.7 out of 10242