ARTIST:

WHEEL

(FINLAND)
TITLE:

RESIDENT HUMAN

(2021)
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GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE METAL

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"Still close to Tool but with even more balance, power and mastery, "Resident Human" places Wheel among the progressive and alternative metal bands to follow closely."
PROGRACER (24.03.2021)  
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After the slap received in 2019 when listening to "Moving Backwards", it is with a certain feverishness that we awaited the last offering of the (almost all) Finns of Wheel (James Lascelles, the singer, is English). Another slap in the face?

The kinship with Tool is obvious since the beginning of the band and it is not the progressive introduction of 'Dissipating' that will take away this idea from our head. The bass is very present, the drums hypnotic and the guitar of Roni Seppänen chisels minimalist riffs with precision. Only the vocals move away from Maynard's to lean towards Ian Kenny's (Karnivool), another very expressive figure of progressive metal. The last part, more brutal, gives way to a heady riff, a pachydermic bass and a raging vocal à la Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters). No question here of doing a track-by-track but to dwell on this first track makes sense because in addition to being very representative of Wheel's monstrous talent, 'Dissipating' presents an exciting picture of almost 12 minutes of an inspired, incisive and very immersive progressive. It's the centerpiece of the opus, which alone justifies the listening of the album.

For the rest, Wheel offers us a progressive metal at the borders of the alternative metal on 'Movement' or 'Fugue', as the Quebecois band Myxomatosys or The Mars Volta did in their time. The compositions are rich and worked. Santeri Saksala is perhaps not of the level of Dany Carrey but it does not have to blush of certain phases of strong polyrythmies. 'Ascend' and 'Resident Human' have jerky and repetitive riffs that remind us of the Ukrainians of Jinger, and the second one offers a metallic finale of a rare intensity. As for 'Hyperion', another emotional peak of this "Resident Human", it is inspired by the shamanic Tool of "10,000 days" and the Karnivool of "Sound Awake". Two extraordinary albums, but which were there before Wheel. Because it is there the main weak point (weak... really?) of the group since some albums, their (too) big resemblance with Tool and their taste pronounced for the repetitive riffs reminding 'Pneuma'. A questionable originality indeed but compensated by a metal energy which is sometimes lacking in Keenan's band.

It is not today that Wheel will not be compared any more to Tool. It is not for all that that one should reserve this album to the only fans of the Yanks because those which didn't like the minimalism of "Fear Inoculum" will be able to be allured by the dynamism of the Finns. Worked and evolutive titles, raging riffs, bewitching power, rhythmic section above the average are arguments that the album displays with mastery and that will remain enjoyable for the fans of the band, so much the vintage 2021 is homogeneous and balanced. Let's not take away from their music this search for narrative depth and this sense of melody, riff and atmosphere that Lascelles and his companions have been feeding us with delight for two offerings.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Dissipating
02. Movement
03. Ascend
04. Hyperion
05. Fugue
06. Resident Human
07. Old Earth

LINEUP:
Aki 'conan' Virta: Basse
James Lascelles: Chant / Guitares
Jussi Turunen: Guitares
Santeri Saksala: Batterie
   
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