Under The Radar: Mestis

Check out this chill project from Animals As Leaders’ Javier Reyes

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“Heavy Metal Done Trite,” that’s the GunShy way, no? I’ll keep it trite then; homeboy’s got a serious cold, a big ole workload, and no less than one millions things to do for school.

Ya’ll might have caught this record already, but in case you didn’t, you seriously need to give it a spin.

It was released by Sumerian Records, but don’t let that fool ya — it’s a truly good listen.

The project is called Mestis and the EP is called basal ganglia. It was written by Javier Reyes, one of the talented guitarists in the groundbreaking instrumental prog group Animals As Leaders.

Now, there are many similarities between AAL and Mestis, but Mestis is way jazzier and the shredding skills of Tosin Abasi are absent, allowing for a more chill latin vibe elevate to the foreground.

I don’t even think that there’s a single metal or rock style solo on the record, it’s just astounding riffs built on gentle arpeggio accenting melodic harmonies. There aren’t even that many drums, yet it maintains an awareness of heavy music throughout.

If I could melt into a couch, I’d do it to this album. My only criticism is that it’s much, much, much to short.

Stream it below if you’re into Mahavishnu Orchestra, Animals as Leaders, Cloudkicker, or even the Buena Vista Social Club. It’s the opposite of a waste of time.

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