Arecibo – First Transmission Album Review – Metalhead Community

Today we are featuring another promising progressive rock band; Arecibo, from Scotland. We have reviewed their first studio album; First Transmission, along with its character, style, story, potential and more.

Arecibo is another promising up and coming traditional atmospheric/post/prog-rock duo from the bravest country on earth; Scotland. I have discovered them about a week ago with their full-length debut studio album; First Transmission, which was released in 2019 and decided to share my discovery with Metalhead Community readership.

Arecibo is surely a special band, who reminded me of myself, the beginning of my own career. Two talented musicians from the Highlands came together and started the project, recorded a full-length studio album with 11 tracks without thinking about anything else but music and offered the world this fascinating piece of work, which is admirable. Unfortunately, the way the industry works is making musicians think all about the shortcuts to get themselves heard. I can also understand them yet this is causing damage to our values. In my book, the most crucial thing here is the priorities. In this matter, Arecibo has earned our respect for what they have done so far. This kind of decisions tells a lot about the character of the band and musicians. Don’t ever forget the fact that we all love and have this strong connection with our music icons and heroes because of who they really are. Lemmy Kilmister, James Hetfield, Bruce Dickinson… they influenced millions of people, guided and made them love music, brought us here today. They are the actual reason we are making music today without a doubt. So, Arecibo in this way has certainly done something worth appreciation. I can see that their only concern is music, cause most people would choose to make a single release instead of a full-length album just because it’s easy and fuckin’ cheap.

The album First Transmission has a quite strong taste from the beginning to the end that stays with the listener for some time. I gave it a listen a few times and it reminded me of Metallica’s Black Album with its general vibe. Almost all of the songs have a similar kinda structure and vibe just like on Black Album, which is totally fine. The Scottish gentlemen have structured everything on three main fundaments; progressive elements, cloudy ambiance, and characteristic vocals. And when you listen to their music, you totally get the reason why. Steve Glasford has an irresistible voice. Luckily or coincidentally, their specific music style has a big room for the vocalist to perform freely, bring out the best out of him. His natural-born talent is under the constant spotlight all along the way and this amazing voice is causing addiction after some time.

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As you can also hear that there’s a big Tool influence on their album. This was why they reminded me of myself as I mentioned at the beginning. In my opinion, there’s nothing negative about this as long as you keep improving and stepping forward to your own authentic character in music. Time will show. Don’t forget the fact that this is just the debut of Arecibo, and surely a good one. As I thought it would be, people didn’t mind this at all, instead, they enjoyed every second of the beautiful music.

First Transmission is like a dark, mysterious novel from the beginning to the end. The story contains scenes and elements from both sides of the world; The West and The East. The narrator is making a difference with his own way of determining the tension, sometimes tense, sometimes moody and depressing, but never relaxing. Also, I can say that it is an exciting release where these braveheart gentlemen are showing great potential not only with their songwriting abilities but with their decisions, understanding of music and the character of their music as well. I was also very positive about it from the beginning and Metalhead Community readers and followers on Instagram didn’t surprise me. We might not have the knowledge to evaluate everything correctly about music, yet we always feel the right thing about it.

So when I take everything into account, I can say that I certainly enjoyed listening to First Transmission album without a doubt. You never know, this might be the beginning of something magnificent. Arecibo will be under Metalhead Community’s radar with no doubt. Aeonian, the album opener track has also earned its place in our Top Metal Songs Playlist on Spotify!

Please go ahead and check out the links below if you’d like to find out more about the band, follow them on social media and subscribe to their channels to show your support and also not to miss any upcoming releases.

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In conclusion, we, as Metalhead Community Team, congratulate Arecibo for their meaningful release; First Transmission, and wish them the very best in their future. Thanks for reading.

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Release Info


Artist: Arecibo
Release date: July 1, 2019
Genre: Metal
Label: Arecibo

Styles: Retro/Rock, Post/Progressive Rock
Similar To: Tool, Porcupine Tree

Track List:

1. Aeonian
2. Sacrament
3. Anoxia
4. Spectrum
5. Ataraxia
6. Vesta
7. Nibiru
8. Theia
9. Atlantis
10. Aeonian Remix
11. Anoxia Acoustic

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