We all know how bad my geography is, so when I get new music from a Parisian band called Jiro, I honestly have no idea what part of the world they come from.
But they do tell me their song Time To End It is a sharper and more violent effort, which has me putting the Atlas away in favour of getting on to the music.
Starting with soft piano, I start to think Jiro are taking the piss, and when a soothing voice eases over the top that feeling grows infinitely stronger. More keys drive the stake in deeper, but at least the vocals are gaining in intensity… Around the 1.30 mark, Jiro decide to stop fucking around and bring the heat, which they do so in style.
Everything is ramped up to ten with a stronger, harsher vocal delivery joining forces with a more metal sound that is pretty fucken awesome.
This only lasts for about a minute before the soft cleans return, but it’s not a metalcore track, despite the contrasting vocals that strongly point in that direction. It’s more of a progressive rock/metal outing that is content to let things build steadily before unleashing the Kraken.
It is well-paced and thought out, with the moments of aggression definitely the stand-out sections.
Chuggy, djent style guitars enter the fold and take Time To End It in a slightly different direction before the vocals pull it back into line nicely.
Nearing the five-minute mark, Jiro pull their first surprise punch with a brief pause of silence before smashing their way back on track. It’s a clever touch that works well.
The first guitar solo rips just as it’s almost… Time To End It (sorry) and what a cracker it is!
Nice effort guys.