Telepathy are the jewels in the crown of the Essex local scene and are a great live band. Their support slot to Hotel Wrecking City Traders in Colchester was brilliant and was enough to convince me to buy not only 12 Areas, but also a t-shirt. I felt obliged to support this band, especially as their set was cut sort due to technical issues.
Telepathy’s unique instrumental mix of progressive, sludge, technical and post-metal make them something for Essex to be proud of. Their debut album 12 Areas is frankly a work of art. The album starts off well but shifts into acceleration with track three ‘Cystine Knot.’ It is simply an outstanding track and one of the songs of the year, the band deserve full credit for putting so much emotion and passion into a song that is moving, inspirational and hopeful.
But this is my main issue with the album, ‘Cystine Knot’ is too good a song and is miles better than the rest of the album. Album finisher ‘To Kiss the Ocean’s Floor’ comes close but ultimately falls short – it still is an epic finisher to a solid debut album though. 12 Areas is not a terrible album, in fact it is one of the best debut albums you’ll hear this year. Some of the songs take a while to get going; ‘Breath – Motion,’ is a great track but takes a minute before the magic starts. On the other hand, the atmospheric build up on ‘Sleepwalker’ is well arranged and here the sludge influences become more apparent. The drum work on the album is incredible and the dual guitars and bass all gel nicely together. The fact that there are no vocals present on the album made a nice change from my usual listening fare and there was no desire for me to hear vocals over the beautiful music.
Ultimately, 12 Areas is something the local scene should be proud of and while ‘Cystine Knot’ does not carry the album, it does shine above all the other tracks.
3. Cystine Knot
7. To Kiss the Ocean’s Floor
Piotr Turek – Guitar
Albert Turek – Drum
Richard Powley – Guitar
Krystian Turek – Bass