• Sammie Starr

Album Review: The Kompressor Experiment-'Ebb&Flow'

Swiss Instrumental Post-Progressive Metal band The Kompressor Experiment release a new darker and more frenetic album release, Ebb & Flow, via Sunday Fog Records.



When it comes to the world of progressive metal, especially within the instrumental sphere, it takes a special kind of band to catch your interest. One that is atmospherically engaging and with each chord pulls you in for every minute that track is playing. If you are looking for a post-progressive metal band that is just as instrumentally intense as they are melodically engaging storytellers with each song experience, look no further than the Swiss instrumental metal band, The Kompressor Experiment.


“"Castle Bravo, Pt 1" and "Pt 2" stand out on the album artistically as some of the best-done tracks on Ebb & Flow. Beautifully some of the most ornamented pieces on the record when it comes to instrumental and soundscape energy, it's a stunning concept piece from start to finish, embracive, unfiltered, and emotionally engaged.”

To say dark and frenetic album release Ebb & Flow is a work of art is an understatement. From the very beginning, "Endure The Sky" is something special. A whopping eight minutes in length, it's worth every minute of aural listening experience. Showing off their creative chops and heavy ambition with cascading guitar riffs and a unique ambiance approach, The Kompressor Experiment displays beautiful confidence in their sound.

The energy doesn't stop there as the next track, "Riss-Würm" will have replayability favor on this album. From the contagious guitar intro to the extra heavy guitar riffs midway through the experience, it is something one will not want to miss based on an instrumental technicality alone.

"Epigenesis" is a slow and engaging track but a welcome one. Taking a break from all the heaviness put in place from the songs previously, "Epigenesis" places us sort of in a dream-like sequence before taking us back to the rest of the fun.

"Castle Bravo, Pt 1" and "Pt 2" stand out on the album artistically as some of the best-done tracks on Ebb & Flow. Beautifully some of the most ornamented pieces on the record when it comes to instrumental and soundscape energy, it's a stunning concept piece from start to finish, embracive, unfiltered, and emotionally engaged.

Ebb & Flow ends with confident earworm "Liminal Space," proving that this band took the time when it came to track placing. Another dazzling instrumental number that pulls off that the band can pull off heavy and subdued energies all in one experience, it's an excellent and technical way to show off their sound and ends the record on a high note.

The Kompressor Experiment came in with something to prove with Ebb & Flow, and it did by tenfold. An album that displays a view of the history of mankind and its uncertain beginnings, there is a mature sign of growth instrumentally since their 2019 album release 2001. For a band that only has a few years under their belt currently, they hold the experience of a band that has been here for longer. While Ebb & Flow has only made its debut this month, The Kompressor Experiment has shown with their talent that with time and if people are willing to listen, these guys will be making a killing in the genre pretty soon.




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