I finally got around to grabbing the new Beardfish album, Mammoth. It’s fairly obvious that the time they spent touring with Pain of Salvation has rubbed a lot more metal into their sound, which I think is a little unfortunate. In some of the songs they include a few too many back-to-back guitar solos for my taste; it comes off as a bit derivative of the big progressive metal acts of the early-to-mid-2000s, like Opeth or, well, Pain of Salvation. Those bands just simply have more talented soloists.
On the other hand, I think that their guitar and keyboard tones/effects sound better than ever, and they’ve included a lot of subtle vocal harmony that helps make up for Rikar Sjöblom’s sometimes awful crooning. That’s a lesson Dream Theater never learned, so props. I’m looking forward to spending some more time with this record over the coming weeks.