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The Belgian band JUSSKA is a creative partnership consisting of Leander Verheyen and Iason Passaris. They have two EP's to their name at this point. "Tsuki" is the most recent of these, and dates back to January 2016. The variety of metal often referred to as djent comes across as a key element on the three songs on this EP. Those bouncy, playful, dark and dramatic guitar riffs are sued in key sequences throughout, offset by nervous light toned post rock style guitar fluttering on the opening track, and also on the concluding one, and with a booming, funky bass on the second one. Sharp, firm rhythms and melodic but slightly distanced, and lead vocals add a natural and compelling layer of contrasts to the material, alongside alterations in the arrangements where specific sounds and instrument details are added or subtracted. This EP is a well produced one, with a balanced mix that manages to highlight the contrasts that create the nerve and tension present in a subtle, unobtrusive manner. The songs are all kept short as well, ensuring that the contrasting elements aren't overly explored. A well made specimen of accessible progressive metal that revolves around djent details, and a production worth to check out for those who find such a description to be alluring.
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