Into Orbit – Unearthing

Into Orbit, the instrumental masterminds from New Zealand, have this month released Unearthing. It comes with a fantastic bit of artwork by an artist called Nick Keller, which perfectly visually displays the impact this band are capable of creating through their music.

Like a heavy post rocking lasagne these two, Drummer Ian Moir and Guitarist Paul Stewart, build up layers of tasty delights with their seemingly limitless musical composition and performing abilities.

I was a massive fan of their first release, Caverns as you will see here, and Unearthing is no different. In fact it’s better.

There is still the creation of these stunning musical landscapes in tracks like Stone Circles and the haunting brilliance of Scattering Light. These soundscapes can be breathtaking, inspiring and really set a mood and atmosphere.

But, they are packing more punch now. This was already evident as coming into their writing with the earlier release of Gilgamesh, which is on this album. But is also carried through the album in tracks like the opener Dark Matter and Caldera, my favourite track on the album, brimming with chugging heaviness and spacey lead lines.

What I do like is the varying length of tracks. This is not an album full of 10 minute self indulgent musical masturbation pieces. The tracks do what they need to do and end and are therefore full of impact. There are epic numbers, such as the fantastic  Equilibrium, and there are shorter ones. There’s not point where you think ‘this is going on a bit’.

Into Orbit still create music you listen to in a dark room wanting to take a musical journey and feel nice and zoned out. But it’s now also music you can listen to when driving a fast car or undertaking an epic, dangerous journey.

Both musicians put in a fine display of their very obvious talent for performance and composition. The drumming in the outro of The Archer is something which shows off Moir’s range of styles and he brings as much to the table here as the stunningly creative layered guitar work of Stewart.

If progressive heavy post metal/rock and epic soundscapes is your thing, you really need to spend a few quid on this album. Here’s a handy link for you to do so!

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