Written By Braddon S. Williams
AVATAR: FEATHERS AND FLESH
Sweden has produced some of the best and most creative progressive metal music in the world for a considerable amount of time.
The band Avatar are near the top of the food chain in my humble opinion. Sporting a fantastic live show and nearly limitless energy, the Swedish 5 piece also writes epic songs full of quirky diversity.
These guys aren’t afraid to experiment with their style, and with 2016’s wildly ambitious concept album, Feathers & Flesh, they raised their own bar and broke through into uncharted territory. The storyline of the record centers around an owl who goes to war with the world to keep the sun from rising.
It was inspired by a fable written by French writer Jean de La Fontaine. Although the concept is pretty intellectual ground for a metal band, Avatar manages to combine wit, finesse, raw power, catchy hooks, and choruses that stick in your head for days, not to mention glorious lead vocals and tons of shredding guitar work.
If you are looking for something that breaks the barriers and strives to lead the pack into uncharted territory instead of blindly following the stale trends of the day, then give Avatar a chance. You can thank me later!