This Boston area quintet was one of the side-stage buzz acts many of the other bands on Warped Tour were talking about last year. Combining the churning tension/ release of emocore with the elegant intricacy of prog metal, TREOS's debut, Between the Heart & the Synapse, sounds like an odd cross between Thrice, Coheed & Cambria, and Milemarker. The key is the spiraling synth lines and buzzing electronics, which gild the throttling breakdowns and provide segues for songs that stubbornly refuse verse-chorus-verse structures. Rich harmonies from the three vocalists provide counterpoints of beauty and delicacy against more typical emo ebb and throb, but even here, TREOS shows a sense of proportion, never resorting to quite the same guttural, larynx-shredding throwdowns as its peers.
The crafted textures are set off so well by the crashing guitars that they don't need to go to 11, just as a pitcher with a good change-up doesn't have to throw as hard with his fastball. The band's live show is explosive, and those who've listened only to the album will be struck by the intensity. Catch these guys now, and regale your friends for years to come with how you saw them before they were big.