Echosilence’s “Distorted Horizon” EP was originally released back in 2005, but for some reason it took over two years to be distributed outside of their native country of Estonia. The band itself comes forth out of the disbanded death metal band Decease which decided to take a 180 degree turn style wise.
On the “Distorted Horizon” EP we are treated to four tracks of experimental progressive fusion metal with quite an unique sound to it. The opener “Views on Views” combines an The Flower Kings-esque upbeat song but much, much louder. It’s a bit on the long side though. The title track “Distorted Horizon” is probably the most enjoyable of the album with it’s sudden tempo changes from the soothing beginning to a heavy bridge, just to return to a very dreamy ending. Third, the song “Information Intoxication” is the most straight forward and doesn’t hold any real surprises except for the usage of the keyboards. Closing this EP is “Human Animal”, which again displays sudden style and tempo changes which creates a very ambient centrepiece which is surrounded by a steady wall of metal but for some reason reminded me slightly of something by Happy the Man. All these tracks feature the clear and beautiful vocals of Kadri who does quite a good job in being able to sing over such diverse and unpredictable songs.
If you like experimental and unconventional progressive metal, the “Distorted Horizon” EP is something you might very well enjoy. Very unpredictable music with many different style influences and even though it only lasts about thirty minutes, the music leaves it’s mark. My only hope is that this band has used the two years that have passed since this recording to write some more material.