Friday, May 1, 2020

Distant Reality - Portal

Greek Guitars & Screaming Synth

Distant Reality is Greek produced band with an interesting history on Spotify. The 2018 'Choices' EP is safely in the instrumental Metal camp, the 2019 'Eternal' Single begins the interesting blend of heavy guitars and cosmic synthwave. We are here to discuss the latest single 'Portal' released April 18th (quarantine madness taking over yet?)
Mixtures of chugging guitars and retro synth are becoming a real hit amongst the crowd, and with good reason. The blend easily matches and compliments each style to create haunting or beautiful tracks that leave lasting impressions.
'Portal' opens with a growing bassline and crystal cut synth loop, but at ~0:30 the rocking guitar starts to kick in. The live drums begin afterwards with an impressive fill to get you in the mood. The tempo, flair, and depth by the first quarter will have you fully invested and your head banging. The build is well constructed with elements of Avenged Sevenfold showing proudly front and centre. The bass in the back slapping and drums full of charisma pulling the track together. Very impressed so far!
The bridge at ~1:40 we felt needed a little more spice. The synthesizer was a little static, some variation or punchy effects would have suited here but that's not to say it took away from the vibe of the track. Moving on from this we cannot emphasise enough how good it sounds to have live drum tracks! The beat is consistent and heavy. At ~3:00 palm muting and deep bass guitar give us a memorable breakdown that is super melodic, catchy and heavy! Another minute in we get a guitar solo! Yes perfect!
We love it, Distant Reality has pulled it off here with such a melodic body rocker of a synth/metal track that goes to show two worlds colliding can bring great news for fans of both. If they continue along this vein I am sure they will pick up some dedicated fans along the way. Top pick for driving.

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*Reviewed using the Topping D10 DAC/Schiit Valhalla 2 OTL Tube amp/DT770Pro cans*


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