Alaya - Thrones review
Tech metal is in rude health, but the equilibrium between showcasing fresh prog chops and tones with writing songs to hook listeners remains a challenge for all.
This Chicago trio doesn't shy from it. Frontman/guitarist Evan Graham Dunn's voice recalls Chester Bennington, but his playing and tone are the most intriguing elements.
The singer/ guitarist role is often an under-appreciated skill, and Dunn is facing down potential live challenges confidently with some intricate picking among the rhythmic syncopated sections on these three-minute nuggets.3 Stars