Wildernessking, out of South Africa, is interesting. I was immediately struck by the drummer, who’s clearly a central part of the songwriting in a way reminiscent of Danny Carey (in the good sense, not like most of his imitators). His use of brushes on the third track of Mystical Future blew me away, not just because I would have never expected it, but because the sound was perfect. The warm slap of the snare and the open wash of the cymbals remind you that he is fundamentally playing for the song, as technically proficient as he is. This is rare, as most drummers this skilled simply overplay.

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