A quarter of an hour of music is probably little to draw conclusions, but this ep by Bergamo’s Metide is so dense and full of ideas that to think of weighing its value using duration as the only parameter would be really reductive. The Lombard band already has the full length Solution under their belt, but the fact that it dates back to 2019 makes Circadians a sharper picture regarding the band’s current value. Metide inevitably place themselves in the post-metal cauldron, but the sound appears very multifaceted and above all untied from the canonical scheme that involves the cyclical proposition of more rarefied passages followed by angry explosions. The two songs presented are actually a single body and not coincidentally have the same title (Circadiæn), and develope drawing on different sources of inspiration that Metide rework very well, making sure that the shadow of Tool, the main point of reference, goes to intersect with several other drives; in fact, hints to Pain of Salvation and a subtle aftertaste grunge appear during the most melodic parts, while the most nervous moments are those really referable to post metal, where the mastering of Magnus Lindberg of Cult of Luna provides an ideal imprimatur. What matters most is that, at the end of the second part of Circadians, the brevity of the work is abundantly compensated by its intensity, thanks to which it is not difficult to grasp the enormous potential of Metide. If this ep has been published with the intent to attracting the attention not only of the listeners but also of some far-sighted label, it is not difficult to imagine that the operation could have a positive outcome under every aspect.
2022 – Independent