There was a lot of movement and changes for Intervals in the period that goes from 2013 to the publication of The Shape of Colour in late 2015. They went from instrumental music to non-instrumental with the addition of Mike Semesky. They launched a great album in 2014, A Voice Within, that with the addition of voice surely brought them closer to the public. That was followed by Mike leaving at the end of 2014. With the band being voiceless again, a conflict rose between the remaining members: do we keep it instrumental or not?
The end result was that drummer Anup Sastry and guitarist Lukas Guyader left the band, leaving Intervals as a one man show with Aaron Marshall in the middle. The Shape of Colour is the first album by this new Intervals, and excellent record, with great songs and a lot of personality.
Metal at its core but different
Intervals is part of this new wave of metal & rock musicians that appreciates and understands a bigger and broader amount of music. They don’t stick to their genres, and that pays of in many ways when they compose themselves. We’ve seen it in the past with bands like Animals as Leaders, The Dillinger Escape Plan or Between the Buried and Me. They’re a bands that break barriers and bring something actually new to the table.
In this album, that can be seen in many places. The use of guitar effects is pretty significant. Even though there is a fair amount of guitar distortion, it is subtle and lighter than the usual in the genre. The use of clean guitars is also not very common, but it can be heard in tracks like ‘Sweet Tooth’. There are other aspects that show the abundance of influences. Some percussion rhythms here and there. Guitar riffs that are closer to rock. They even included a sax in the track ‘Fable’.
Guitar as an instrument to express emotion
Being an (metal) instrumental album, there is a lot of guitars in here. But we find a very expressive guitar, with lots of solos and complex riffs. But this complexity is well understood, not a guitarist trying to show off his/her skills. The album is full of great melodies that are very expressive and beautiful. I might be crazy, but for me this album transpires happiness and joy for the music itself. Tracks like Fable, Sweet Tooth or Meridian have a halo of optimism that feels really good in a genre that has a tendency to follow darker paths.
Listen to Intervals – The Shape of Colour
As you might be guessing already, Fable and Sweet Tooth are my favorite tracks on the album. But to be honest, there’s not a bad song in The Shape of Colour. Enjoy!