Review by Shannon Shumaker
Within the first few seconds of the opening song on Artifex Pereo’s newest album, Time In Place, it was clear that this was an album that would be hard to forget. The first thing that really stands out are the vocals, which seem to tell a story not only as the song, but as the album progresses, and it’s obvious that this is a band full of musicians who really know what they’re doing and what they want to accomplish. This album isn’t an experiment, that’s for sure. No, Time In Place is consistent, well written, and over-all, an amazing listen. It’s an album that, upon listening to for the first time, I was excited about.
For a band who’s vocalist had to move from one side of the country to the other to write and record this album (From Oregon to Kansas, to be exact) they really seem to have their shit together, especially considering that a lot of the material was put together when Lucas was still 2,500 miles away from the rest of the band. The vocals are a dream to listen to, and compliment the music so perfectly that it was surprising to learn that this was Artifex Pereo’s first album with their new vocalist. None of the songs on the album are boring by any means and all seem to have a distinct purpose, giving the listener some great guitar parts as well as vocal melodies to get lost in. Time In Place is an amazing showcase of Artifex Pereo’s songwriting and musical ability.
Listen to "Hands Of Penance"