JIRM – Surge Ex Monumentis (Small Stone Records)

Very rarely does a 12 minute song fulfill all the elements required to be a great piece of music. There has to be a clear path in which the song is taking you. It is very easy for instruments to get repetitive and for the vision to be lost. When i saw that this album was clocking in at almost 70 minutes, i thought it would be hard to find the “vision” that most bands aim for. I was gravely mistaken. I don’t want to say i went into this album with a negative attitude, i simply took the album length into consideration. For the most part, albums of this length are either amazing, or they are a jumbled mess that lost its perspective way before the halfway point of the album. The album “Surge Ex Monumentis” by the Swedish band JIRM is something I was not expecting at all. The instrumental work on the album is great, musically it is amazing.

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The rhythm of the guitars and the drums lead into a groove that is brought together by the power metal type vocals. I don’t know how else to describe the vocal style. Great vocal range and a mix of high notes that are emphasized by the licks and fast tempo of the guitars. My favorite song on the album is “Tombs Arise”, It feels like a dark but exciting adventure that does not feel repetitive and it only gets more and more exciting as the tempo of the song gets higher and higher until the vocals peak which delivers a great solo and an amazing conclusion to the album.

There seems to be a lot of genuine emotion within the album that you can feel in the songwriting. It completely took me by surprise and i would love to see this band live. My only criticism with this album, would be that the vocals need to be pushed forward a little more. I would love to hear the screams and vocal range a little closer up. Other than that this is great album and i cant wait to see what this band does in the future. They nailed it in every aspect especially the guitar work and production of the overall record. 8.5/10

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Author: Aldo Guzman

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