Label: Pelagic Records Releasedate: 2020
Psychonaut is a Belgian formation making music that has its influences from 70’s band like Led Zeppelin and Floyd as well as band like Tool and Amenra. The band re-released their debut album “Unfold The God Man” earlier this year.
The blend of the music they make is interesting. There is the progressive edge, the melodic side and there is also a good dose of vehemence. At the first listen it could be a bit chaotic, but after a few tracks you get why they made the choices they made. The album grows onto you. And with the inclusion of some surprising elements the band have made us interested to listen a couple more times. Saxophone for example is maybe not what we would have expected here, but certainly seems suitable.
The strength of Psychonaut is found in the fact that they lean on their own thing rather than the influences that they mention. The album self had a sticker mentioning also bands like Mastodon, Russion Circles and Gojira. Also close to what they do, but it never too close. Their own face, their own blend is suiting them well. Executed with decent skills it makes this album one that one should probably get now. If they are up to the size of the mentioned bands in a few years it is probably the gem you have in your collection.
Thomas Michiels – Bass, Vocals
Stefan de Graef – Guitar, Vocals
Peter Le Page – Drums
- All I Saw As a Huge Monkey
- The Story of Your Enslavement
- The Fall of Consciousness
- Celestial Dictator
- Halls of Amenti
- Nothing Is Consciousless