A few years ago, we wrote about South Jersey prog quartet In the Presence of Wolves in our “Amplified” column. We really dug their sound, and while their debut, Thalassas, was an excellent debut, they’ve been working on an EP, Of Two Minds, Stages 102: The Ape and the Cage, that will be out on June 30th. Today, Metal Injection premiered the first track from it, “The One Who Fell to Earth,” and it’s an improvement in every way. First of all, they recorded the album with The Dillinger Escape Plan’s Kevin Antreassian. The spastic-ness of his band appears to have rubbed off on ITPOW in all the right ways, as this song is both more concise (under 5 minutes) and way heavier. Injection compares it to a heavier hybrid of The Mars Volta and Coheed & Cambria, and we’re inclined to agree. Hell, even the EP cover looks like it was deisgned by Hipgnosis, who designed the Frances the Mute cover. Bassiset Vini Stamato spoke to Injetion about the EP:
“Working directly with Dillinger Escape Plan’s Kevin Antreassian on the record definitely inspired a heavier edge to the songs. This new album is more focused and definitely has a lot more to say. We added a lot more to our existing traditional progressive influences and it provided us with an incredibly freeing writing experience.”
We’re really looking forward to the rest of the EP. You can pre-order that via their Bandcamp.