Great review! I stumbled into listening to this record as I the cover caught my attention on Topshelf's site, and I am so glad that I gave it a second glance.
This track was something that stood out upon first listen. It's beautiful. On the RIYL section I would add Balance & Composure as well. "Hell" has some straight Simmons melodies on it.
And I added Balance and Composure to the RIYL. Good ear.
Right there with you. I also picked up some "Spirit Desire"-esque Tigers Jaw vibes on "Ancient West". I love this album, and have been listening to it faithfully since I picked it up the other day. If you like that emotionally drained and very beautiful yell/sing style, then this album will satisfy just about craving you have had for that lately. The Guitar and bass slow dance around each other, and the intricate drums drive it straight to your heart. Enjoy.
Yeah, the RIYL is a little crazy. All those bands draw similarities from each other though and that's why I think they all fit.
In saying that, Any particular band you think doesn't fit?
And thanks! I wanted to give it 10/10 but I'm not that nice