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Yonsample – Paraphernalia

  • Review by: Vilasini Muralidhar

Some months back, I was introduced to the re-formed Moshpit, who’d re-christened themselves ‘Yonsample’. Everyone was telling me how awesome they were, and since I hadn’t (and still haven’t) been lucky enough to witness their awesomeness as a live act, I decided to give their EP a try. So I picked up a copy of ‘Paraphernalia’ at G.I.R. and with the post-Meshuggah broken neck, stiff back et. al., I begin my discovery of Yonsample.

The CD starts off with “The Insaturation”, a slowish, SFX-overloaded opening track. It progresses into a very djenty riff, which gradually leads into “Passage”. The growls are quite similar to that of Nikhil’s (from Eccentric Pendulum). The track has a nice pace, and for once, the clean vocals don’t sound as gay as other Trivium-inspired metal bands. The bridge brings back the riff cycle, which continues into “Reincarnation”- track three. Great riff, and nice melodic chorus. My immediate favourite from the EP. I particularly love the way the solo kicks in, going into a crazy few seconds with the double bass before coming back to the chorus. This song alone is reason good enough to buy the EP.

“Chaos Theory” opens with an long growl and a headbangable pattern. Guitars go a little mad on this song too, and the main tune is quite catchy. The EP closes with “Breaking Through”- a thrash song with a black-metalish backing track. No, it doesn’t sound as weird as I’ve just framed it to be. As is typical of Yonsample, the song breaks away from the heavy parts to go into melodic bits a couple of times, and then concludes with a “Black Label” sort of slow and chunky segment.

My final judgement- ‘Paraphernalia’ is mind-blowing. It’s a great debut, and I can’t wait to watch the band live. However, though the production is top-notch, I felt the individual levels of the instruments ought to have been a little higher, especially to emphasize on particular song sections. The usage of computerized sound effects could’ve been cut down a little bit because, in my opinion, they take away from the raw punch that the EP could have had otherwise. If you’re one of those genre elitists and plan to skip the album, don’t be stupid. Why? Only because Yonsample brings together so many elements of thrash, prog and djent, resulting in one killer mix-metal album. The guys live up to all the hype. On the whole, I’d give the EP an easy 8.5/10, and a safe spot in my list of top five albums of the year.