After four years of crafsmanship, Montreal's Karcius returns with their fourth album, The First Day. In this time, it seems their progressive rock has become heavier, possibly more melancholic and dark.
But this could be an illusion, musical smoke and mirrors. Karcius's music can be both elusively light at times, like simple melodic rock, and than burst into this large harder progressive rock The Word or Rest My Head. Sylvain Auclair's vocals vacillates between dreamy and dreary. Even when the band rocks out, his vocals, combined with the music, could subvert your conciousness, putting you into stupor or sleep.
Don't get me wrong here: this is fine melodic progressive rock. Karcius echoes a breadth of peers from Pink Floyd to Porcupine Tree to Riverside. The First Day is equally progressive rock as it is a fusion of melodic, ambient, and international themes. Song composition and creativity are at a premium, and their musicianship is undeniable. Basically, it's hypnotic and entertaining. This makes me wonder if they can actually pull this off in a live concert. I suspect they can, and I would suggest you refrain from alcohol if you do see them live: you may not be responsible for your actions. The First Day is easily recommended.