Song Review: Weightless In Orbit – “Dialogue (Far Behind)”

Song Review: Weightless In Orbit – “Dialogue (Far Behind)”

Song: “Dialogue (Far Behind)”
Band: Weightless in Orbit
Location: Brisbane
Date of Release: 23rd August 2014
Genre: Progressive Metal
Reviewer: STO)))RK
For Fans Of: Between The Buried And Me
Why They Aren’t Famous: Their album isn’t finished yet.

As a casual reader of IPHYB, you’d be forgiven for thinking that we only review gutter-tier hardcore releases. While this isn’t too far from the truth, it wasn’t until I joined the Hate Machine that I learned bands outside of the -core scene even submitted for review. But, if you dig past the tongue-in-cheek banter and outright roastings which make up the reviews which draw a lot of attention (Read: Controversy and saltiness), you’ll discover a wide range of support for everything – from harsh noise acts to math/post-rock and progressive metal bands. Brisbane quintet Weightless In Orbit are one such band who boast the cojones to label themselves “progressive”, but does their music have the backbone to prove it? Or, are they just another bunch of kids who think an ambient clean layer over a syncopated breakdown is “progressive”?

From the moment the song burst to life with a melodic pedal note riff floating back and forth between 7/8 and 6/8, I had a feeling I was in for something with a little more substance. When the smooth, sustained melodies of vocalist Brandon Mamata came into play, my suspicions were confirmed. While it can be hard enough to find a capable clean vocalist in your local scene, Weightless in Orbit seem to have hit the jackpot here; sporting a decent clean vocal range and a solid, screamed, sound which we hear in the second half, Mamata is also the man behind the technical lead guitar work. Even rarer than it is impressive. The only personal downside I found in this otherwise unique vocal performance was that the screamed vocals sound so much like Tommy Rogers, that I legitimately thought the band had splashed some cash to feature him on the track. While it isn’t necessarily detrimental, it’s not exactly a compliment either. ¿por qué no los todos?

So already, we can tick “odd time signatures” and “capable musicians” off the “How Prog Is Your Band?” list, and yet we’re only halfway through the song. That’s a good effort but let’s be real here, prog fans. We can’t even get a semi unless there’s a needlessly complex concept underlying the lyrics. While it’s not immediately noticeable by listening to the track, a quick glance at the lyrics sheet shows promise. Verses are broken up as a dialogue (LIKE THE SONG NAME, GEDDIT?!) between “The Guide” and “The Wanderer”. The former spends the song trying to convince the latter to abandon any hope of salvation and walk into the proverbial light he has which The Wanderer actively refuses. I hear you saying “Hmm, I guess that seems a LITTLE convoluted but BTBAM’s Coma Ecliptic is a work of fiction about a comatose patient who has an existential crisis inside his own unwaking mind. Go ahead and top that, asshole.” Well, prepare to eat your words because this talented troupe claim the track is from a two-part concept album about a coma-inducing uh. A coma-inducing accident which serves as the catalyst for an existential j … shit.

Okay, so there is a bit of BTBAM worship to be found here although, to be fair, since their formation in 2010 it doesn’t seem like the band has worked on anything other than their bold concept album, and BTBAM’s Coma Ecliptic didn’t see the light of day until this year, so I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt on this one. Ultimately, this is a breath of fresh air – a much needed respite from misuse of the word progressive – and just a taste of the conceptual double-album that Weightless in Orbit are sure to release to rave reception, hopefully in the near future.

Vocals –
Screams: 7/10
Cleans 8/10
Guitars: 7/10
Bass: 7/10 – used more than one string is an automatic “above average”
Drums: 7/10
Production: 8/10 – Sweet guitar tones and the keys fit nicely into the mix. Only drawback here I found was the drums.
Lyrics: 6/10
Songwriting: 7/10
Overall IPHYB Rating: 7/10
Personal Enjoyment: 7/10

Song Review: Weightless In Orbit – “Dialogue (Far Behind)”
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    It was like Alaska, Leviathan and every damn Baroness album had a massive orgy.

    Fucking tasty.