The wait is finally over. Three years and four singles after their debut EP, Formless, The Afterimage have released their second EP, Lumiere via Tragic Hero Records. Lumiere is an eight-track EP featuring three re-recorded songs and five tracks of all new material (Bulb/Periphery reference intended).
The three songs The Afterimage re-recorded on Lumiere are ‘Seeking’, ‘Unseen’ and ‘Onyx’. Aside from cleaning up the production and giving the songs more definition and clarity, The Afterimage also made a couple of tweaks in ‘Seeking’ and ‘Unseen’, including dropping the “the” out of both song titles. Some harsh vocal parts were switched out for clean vocals in ‘Seeking’ and they also made a couple of minor changes here and there to ‘Unseen’.
Perhaps the most telling sign to me as to the direction The Afterimage is going in, is the one song that didn’t make the cut on Lumiere: ‘Pathogen’. It’s understandable why ‘Pathogen’ wouldn’t be on Lumiere as it doesn’t fit in with the rest of the EP. But I’m not gonna lie, I’m a little bummed about it. ‘Pathogen’ is the heaviest song The Afterimage have released to date, and it looks like it’s going to stay that way. But for now, I’ll hold out hope that maybe they’ll revisit it for a future release.
The sound The Afterimage is going for on Lumiere is almost day and night compared to Formless. The new material on Lumiere gives me a heavier, more technical and djenty Dance Gavin Dance vibe. And trust me, that’s a good thing. A perfect example of what I’m talking about can be heard in ‘Distance’.
I don’t know what genre you want to call the electronic interlude track, ‘Without You’. Whatever it is, I could have done without it. That’s just me though. The following track ‘Reach’, however, is probably my favorite of the new songs on Lumiere. It closes out the EP and brings everything full circle with the same feel as the intro title track, ‘Lumiere’. One of my favorite parts of this track is the additional atmospheric vibe provided by the keys, which can be heard about a minute into the song.
All things considered, my overall listening experience with Lumiere is a positive one. As a fan of The Afterimage since the Formless days back in 2012, it’s exciting to see them finally releasing new music and hitting the road to tour with the likes of Invent, Animate, Polyphia and Erra.
The Afterimage are a great up and coming band and they deserve to be a household name in the metal community. There is a part of me that wonders what could have been had they decided to stick to their roots and take the heavier route they started with Formless. But Lumiere just shows how diverse The Afterimage are as a band and as songwriters.
Notable Tracks: ‘Seeking’, ‘Unseen’, ‘Reach’
FFO: Erra, Dance Gavin Dance, Monuments