Select Difficulty opens with the one-two punch of The Price Is Wrong and Motormouth, which waste no time in bludgeoning the listener with djent tones and pounding riffs from the guitar triumvirate of Misha Mansoor, Jake Bowen, and Mark Holcomb. Prog-metal has never been a genre to have fair-weather fans, but this will probably discourage some from getting farther into the album and reaching the progressive tracks. Strings open Marigold, briefly shocking the audience to attention before the guitars kick in. This is not quite symphonic-metal, but that was clearly an influence, and the choral work and repeated string section work to counterpoint the various metal genres that get a nod as the song wends its way to an extended, atmospheric outro.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 17th July 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.