Left Unsaid – The Pages Torn Out

[Self-released, 2019]

Intro, translation: Lefteris Statharas
12 / 04 / 2019

Left Unsaid is a French trio formed in Grenoble who just released their first album entitled The Pages Torn Out exploring instrumental progressive metal sounds. They were formed in 2016 and through practice they managed to evolve and improve their sound resulting in their debut album. The band in their first album tries to set a precedent for their sound and manage to place themselves in the prog metal map.


 

Creating a universe

The French bands’ first outing is setting a universe where the band wants to be active. From the beautiful album cover to the first notes of Reminiscence of a Forgotten Place the bands showcases their influences which span from classic prog bands like Yes and Rush, to the modern day more djentish acts like TesseracT, Intervals and Between the Buried and Me.

One of the first things noticeable is that the production is stellar. The instruments are very clear, the rhythm section sounding crisp and a lot of attention has been given to all the details of the guitar sound. It might sound like a given but it is always nice that a new band has put the time and the effort to create a sound that really represents their artistic vision.

The album has 8 instrumental tracks with a total duration of just over 50. While there is nothing ground-breaking in their song writing, all of the compositions show great song writing with some great ideas both in the guitar solos and the rhythm sections. Especially in a time where the big names of the progressive metal scene are going through a rough patch (I’m looking at you Dream Theater), it is nice to have new bands that offer interesting song writing with songs that manage to create a nice hook even without the conventional song writing sense of a chorus.

A great example of nice ideas and song writing is the song Wait and Sea which at 10:12 is the longest song in the album and demonstrates the strengths of the band. Sylvain Lachal is creating a great whole in the drums with lots of changes in time and tempo while Antoine Baude showcases some great solos and some very memorable riffs. The two manage to travel effortlessly from heavy polyrhythms to atmospheric passages with great balance between the two. A special mention should be given to the keyboards that whenever they make an appearance they provide room for the songs to breathe and create nice emotional patches in the songs, especially in a song like Deep Water.

Deep Water while it is not the last song seems to have finality to it. It ties up nicely with the initial theme of the album in Reminiscence of a Forgotten Place. While 50 minutes is not a long runtime for a prog metal album the songs after Deep Water seemed rather unnecessary for the experience of the album.

All in all, a very good first taste in the world of Left Unsaid. Setting the foundations is important and it creates expectations for the next outings of the band that we hope will have more of the personality of the band members. Prog metal is still alive and bands are sprouting up left right and center..

7.5 / 10

Lefteris Statharas

 

2nd opinion

 

Left Unsaid is a trio from Grenoble, France (even though The Pages Torn Out was recorded by only two members) that plays instrumental prog metal. Truth be told, in such an “overcrowded” genre it is unclear what such a new band with so young members has to offer. The particularity of Left Unsaid is that basically they are a prog / djent band with several elements of the older prog metal of Dream Theater and Pain of Salvation, though I have the impression their music is best compared to that of Plini and Haamoja. The exceptional guitarist Antoine Βaude has obviously been influenced by all the above, as well as by the one and only Sam Vallen (Caligula’s Horse). Stylistically, the music in The Pages Torn Out will certainly seem interesting to musicians and those who love melodic, technical prog metal. However, their songwriting lacks what it takes to gain the attention of the fans of all the great bands that have influenced Left Unsaid.

 

5 / 10

Dimitris Kaltsas

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