Review – Hunter Young

Today’s newest puzzle piece in the ever expanding tapestry of metal is Gizzards & Hearts by out-there noise collective, One Ton Project.This album grabbed me from The Axeman intro, and never let me grab any air. One Ton Project specializes in a jazz progressive style that blends heavy and fucking deep groove into a blanket of wonderful. Jazz plays heavily into their style, with a loose sounding arrangement that captures emotions like a butterfly net. Their sound is completely tuned to perfection, with clean and heavy wending together over the 12 song record, and it’s going to instantly become a favorite. Right away, Protagonist is my favorite, as its a sad feeling to start, as OTP use some far away vocals, clean and absolutely perfect, and a simple if deep lick to sweeten the ear. When the song turns up, its just one of my all time favorites. The album is fairly long playing, with most songs longer than 3 and a half minutes, but the time doesn’t drag. Other really awesome cuts are John the Clown, Blacklight, Deathjazz  (has a very heavy intro, and then becomes a dulcet ode of lyrical beauty), and Flight 13.Their sound is akin to P.O.D., King’s X, Skindred, Sublime with talent instead of Rome, and a slower version of Protest the Hero or Between the Buried and me. Gizzards & Hearts is the perfect meld of jazz, progressive metal, and just soulful music. One Ton Project have a very particular way of playing something that just makes my heart happy, and my head nod along to the beat. It’s neither stupid simple or brutally complex, and allows the listener to enjoy a sensation of styles caressing the pleasure centers of the body and soul, you’ll find this album popping up on your playlists more and more. If you value a craft in the musical world, and want a band that has the chops to compete with ANY band out there, check out.

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