Canadian progsters Mandroid Echostar stream new crowdfunded record Citadels
Mandroid Echostar: Canada’s humble and infinitely likable answer to Coheed and Cambria (sorry guys, that comparison’s not going to go away any time soon) have a new record release on the horizon – the one they crowdfunded earlier this year – and in anticipation they’ve put the who thing up for streaming on YouTube. Standard practice, as ever, but I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while, so it’s nice to finally be able to give it a spin.
We heard a snapshot back in August when they released a lyrics video for “To The Wolves“, and liked what we heard. Yet more comparisons are now being drawn to fellow Canadians Protest The Hero, which is no bad thing; when you mix the grandiosity of CoCa, the infectious energy of PtH, and the catchy melody of both, you’re probably on to a winner.
Opener “A Death Marked Dream” is really strong, withMichael Ciccia’s vocals a particular highlight amidst the acoustic noodling. The EP goes through several distinct moods, from the driving pace and floating prog of “Haunted Vows” to the dancing riffery of “The Sleeper“, and so whilst the band wear their influences on their sleeves, there’s no lack of their own flair.
In support of the release, Mandroid are hitting the road across their native Canadia with London, ON quintet Searching For Satellites the main support on the majority of dates. Specifics on the poster below!