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.