If you have been anywhere near any of the websites (such as The Number Of The Blog or No Clean Singing) that I wrote for prior to this current obsession then the name The Neologist is probably incredibly familiar to you. I have posted about them (and the group Tyrant Of Death) so often for the simple reason that they are some of the most prolific free artists out there to date. Their collections of music available are vast, and I think that is really fucking cool, so I link to them when given the opportunity because it gives new people a chance to hear some good music for the price of nothing.
The Neologist are a two man, studio-based project hailing from North Carolina that plays Gothenburg-style melo-death as it sounded circa 2002 to about now. Basically, if you picked up on In Flames or Soilwork around the times of Reroute To Remain or Natural Born Chaos then you’ll be right at home with these gentlemen, because they draw a lot of influence for that era of music (admittedly so on their end).
Since they’ve announced an intention to never really worry about making money from this group it has freed them up to give their music away, as well as work on albums of cover songs whenever they feel like it. They’ve got one wrapped (possibly? I imagine they could go for more) consisting of a bunch of In Flames tunes done through their style, and are currently working on one based around Soilwork covers. You will be able to get both these releases for free.
In terms or original material, the band have two albums out that they’ve also made available for the low price of “pay what you want”. The one I reference in this article’s title is the most recent, having hit a scant few months ago and it is called The Promise Of Eternal Separation. It’s a solid slab of synth heavy melo-death, with a bunch of mid-tempo songs with well written choruses. It’s hard to say if the fact that they were working on a Soilwork covers record at the time bled over into any of their own work, but it isn’t shocking that Promise sounds a bit like them. For being just a two man project, done for the love of a specific style, this release sounds very mature in its writing. It also sounds pretty good, which you don’t get too often from a lot of these bedroom studio projects.
There’s also a cover of Disarmonia Mundi‘s ‘Red Clouds‘ on it,and it sounds as great as the original since they play it pretty conservatively on that end. They’ve also recently added a goofball song called ‘Your Bits In My Ear‘, which was for an Earbits.com soundtrack. Given that the intellectual value of the song is almost nil, it’s pretty much just a goofy collection of riffs for about three minutes.
The other album available is 2009′s The 26 Letters Of Your Universe. They play around more with different tempos on that one and it is a little rougher, but the music is still quality. Since the guys have been currently re-upped on credits by Bandcamp as stated on their Facebook page, so it may be well worth it just to go ahead and sweep through their whole collection. I recommend it.