White Walls, Romanian upstars, sound as if a drama student tricked a metal band into letting him join the group and flesh out their songwriting. It’s art metal of a djenty variety, as can be observed by their single “Starfish Crown”, and, especially, by the elaborate video accompanying the tune.
Instrumentally, this is a band that hasn’t wasted their rehearsal time. They’re a proggresive rock band that prioritizes rhythmic devices over endless leads. They do require a bit of concentration from their audiences, with fireworks going off at every turn, but for fans of metal histrionics, it may prove beneficial.
Like all self respecting prog-metal tunes, even those of the djenty persuasion, “Starfish Crown” features a few mini-suites, a lyrics sheet ideally designed for the gatefold album version, and plenty of drama. It’s modern art-metal.