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 out of 5

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