Brighton-based, instrumental, math/prog-rockers Polymath are no strangers to our fair city having played Leeds twice last year.
'Reptiles' is the band's first E.P. following a slew of cracking singles over the past couple of years. The E.P. leads off with the short intro, 'Reptiles', before crunching into the first proper track, 'Babel'. Carrying enough proggy riffs to slay a dragon, it melts bits of The Mars Volta, Death From Above 1979 and Muse in a giant witches' cauldron and forces you to eat the resulting musical stew until your eyes turn red.
The lead single from the E.P., 'Castrovalva' follows. You can't dance to this but you do anyway. The mid-section of the song becomes a wall of noise making you feel like you're an erupting volcano but, wait a minute, now you're a spaceship. Your head hurts, but in a good way. What a riff-monster. I feel like Barbarella trapped in the Excessive Machine.
The names of the final three songs, 'Metamorphosis', 'V Metamorphosis I' and 'VI Metamorphosis II' would then appear to signal some sort of change and development. This might seem something of a misnomer as they don't stray from the relentless, instrumental, slabbing rock of the previous tracks however they do perfectly describe the nature of the whole E.P. - twisting and turning with so many musical ideas and so much instrumentation to form a beautiful, ugly, magnificent beast that both delights and devours your ears in one swift, elegant move. The rebirth of rock'n'roll, ladies and gentlemen?
'Reptiles' is released via Lonely Voyage Records on the 16th of February.
Polymath play The Fox & Newt, Leeds, on Saturday the 11th of April.