The Smallest Creature
(The smallest Creature)
The smallest Creature is a quartet from Lamaca, a spot in sunny Cyprus. Drawing from sources like U2, Pearl Jam, and even classic bands like Black Sabbath, on the bandâ€™s latestÂ Magic Beans, we get the full complement of those influences, marinated in their unique fuzzed-out chemistry.
An echoey single-line guitar floats under vocalist Stefanos Marneridesâ€™ vocal, opening the haunting opener â€œWould you Blink,â€ then the full bandâ€”Andreas Matheou on guitar (he sings here too and producedÂ Magic Beans), Paylos Papadopoulos, playing bass, and drummer Iacovos Stylianidesâ€”cut in with over-driven force, as the song reaches its full drama.
The second tune in, â€œOctober Song,â€ presents an even more interesting cacophony. We get atmospheric metallic jabs, but the heavy stomp-of-a-plod beat is maintained throughout, and here one can clearly discern this bandâ€™s creative use of melody amongst the noise.
â€œBreak Meâ€ starts slow then gets pulled through usual The Smallest Creature attack. If I had any criticism about all that is the Smallest Creatures is that they rely on their heavy-hitting wall of sound a little too often for my tastes. I would have liked some among these 11 to have breathed and stayed quieter.
Noisy guitar riffs, bass growl, and a sly beat make up, what for me, is the best tune here, â€œLet Burn.â€ All the high-end guitar screaming and crunching makes for a wonderfully tight killer little epic. While, â€œThe Mist,â€ endingÂ Magic Beans, gives us a trulyÂ romantic read from Marneridesâ€™ vocal and the band easing in sweetly behind himâ€¦until the inevitable bombast. Still, they do allow for enough guitar noodling.