For the Oracle are a recently spawned progressive metal outfit from Cornwall, UK. Their debut album Kind Child unites seven talented musicians in an ambitious concept record that spans 40 minutes of intricate composition and earworm choruses. Vocalist Sam Lawson not only possesses a wide range of voices, screams and growls—he reminds me of Serj Tankian during the climax of Sin of Omission—but he is also the great talent that has arranged this whole record front to end. Behind this musical frontispiece, we may not forget, stands a band of equally impressive tenure, among others saxophonist James Farmer and drummer Karum Cooper. Kind Child has its typical debut album flaws; production could’ve been better, some performance loose their tightness in their youthful ardour, but what elevates For the Oracle above the crowd is the glow of masterpiece potential that lies over this record.
Kind Child was self-released by the band and can be bought on CD and venial through Easy Action, or as a digital download through Bandcamp. Let’s hope they soon grab a label’s attention because definitely deserve more means to achieve an even greater end!