Glass Idols (Technical/Progressive Metal) - Greeneville, Tennessee
4/13/17 - The Hideaway - Johnson City, TN
"Wraith" EP Review
Glass Idols are a Technical/Progressive Metal band from Tennessee that released this EP late last year. Let's go back and see what they're all about. The EP kicks off with the longest track on the release, "Incubus". The track opens up with a somber lullaby type tone which leads into a more atmospheric vibe. It then proceeds to obliterate everything in its path with a ferocious form of Metal. The breakdowns are extremely crushing and later in the track shows a more Progressive side. It's a real treat of an opener. "Set" continues the crushing onslaught and expands it even further. The technical aspects mixed with the synth effects make a truly unique track to jam out to. There's a slight Between The Buried And Me vibe to the track that will surely draw in fans. "Coyote" is an haunting track that unleashes hell on the listener (in a good way). The track has so much depth to it that any fan of Metal will enjoy it. It's a very enjoyable track to get lost in. "Moros" is the shortest and most unique track on the release. The track is a technical masterpiece and for two exhilarating minutes, Glass Idols seem to just jam away with no concern. "Echo" opens with an 8 bit breakdown before barreling forward with a Metalcore tinged sound. The track will get the live crowd moving with its blistering riffs and Progressive tendencies. The end breakdown is phenomenal on the track. "Akop" is chaotic in all of the right ways. The track is full of melody and is a Progressive Metal hit in the making. It's so damn good. "Pandora" is an emotional journey of a track that takes the listener to even greater heights. It's a Melodic Metal stand out that will be a fan favorite in no time. The guitar solo on the track is top notch. The ambient closing track "Janus" settles things down and wraps things up nicely. After such a whirlwind of fury, it's nice to have a comedown track. Metal fans will eat this release up for sure.
Glass Idols take no prisoners with their destructive "Wraith" EP.
1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Glass Idols” and is there any meaning behind it?
Glass Idols was formed through a merger of 3-4 bands in our local scene that were either coming to an end or failing to move forward. Our guitarist Chad Came up with the name, and there wasn't so much a deeper meaning, as much as it just resonated well with all of us.
2. What do you want listeners to take away from your "Wraith" EP?
To be straight to the point, Wraith is meant to be an experience that's equally enjoyable to both the listener that loves some heavy groovy riffs, and the person who likes an in-depth concept/story that they can dig into, with repeating musical and lyrical themes.
3. What can people expect from your live show?
Lots of energy. Dabbing. Chad spinning counter-clockwise. Really, a full plate.
4. What's your favorite track to play live?
"Chicago Typewriter". It's aggressive and unrelenting.
5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?
Fit For An Autopsy. Veil Of Maya. Earth Wind and Fire.
6. Any crazy show stories?
7. What’s your take on the current state of Metal?
There's a lot more pride in the scene as a whole, now. A lot of strong opinions and people that can't be happy. We try to counter that with loving what we do, and trying to not take ourselves too seriously.
8. What’s the current music scene like there in Tennessee both locally and state wide?
The best shows we've played as a band were out of state. We will say that our current corner of TN is kind of in a state of disrepair over the past little bit, but there are great people in our area breathing life into it, and we've seen a lot of progress in the past year or so!
9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?
It's not something that is much of a big deal for us. It's a fine line between bigger artists not being paid for their art, and smaller acts hungry for every bit of exposure they can gain.
10. What’s next for Glass Idols?
We're in the middle of writing a new EP due out later this year, and touring hard in support of it. Might see Jon wear something other than red or black. The sky's the limit!
11. Any shoutouts?
Laura from Soultone cymbals and Scott with Stringjoy who are incredible sponsors that gave us a chance when they didn't need to. Our lord and savior Richard Simmons. And of course, Mike Bohn, for being a very handsome guy.