Ventura County, California’s The Image You Claim debuted in October with a full-length titled Painted Visions.
Painted Visions is a slow burner, sounding good on its first listen but unfolding into its full potential on the second or third play. Launching with Medusa – an epic introduction with a bit atmospheric tone – The Image You Claim immediately introduce their duality: combining chugging technical metal with dark, prophetic vocals one moment and angst ridden screams the next. This dichotomy of sound continues as the swirling opening of Demented leads into a song that captures the band’s more melodic side before Divine Unkind.
As the album continues echoes of other tech icons, including Devin Townsend, Meshuggah and Periphery, surface but the band balance this range of influences with skill to create a sound that is all their own. The music is technical but not clinical with songs constructed out of riffs, solos and breakdowns that are more than just fancy guitar work and confusing time signatures. There are a good handful of catchy hooks with heart too, especially towards the latter half of the release.
The Image You Claim is a band who are forming a legacy and this is the album that will start them on their journey.
The album is available here.