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Thrill of Falling – “Thrill of Falling”

We all have bad days. We get frustrated by work, school or general society, and when that happens there is absolutely nothing better than hard music: that deep, heavy, feel-it-in-your-gut kind of rock that shakes your soul and makes everything better. When it comes right down to it, this is exactly what Thrill of Falling does. They rock. They show passion, talent and real depth, and their new self-titled EP is the answer to every type of pain and frustration.

To be officially released October 27, Thrill of Falling’s EP will get a lot of attention. It’s five tracks of nostalgia, full of nu-metal and progressive rock which would feel very much at home in the late ’90s and early 2000s. They have that sound that has created legions of passionate music fans — including musicians, promoters, and yes, reviewers — and their EP will find a permanent home with people who grew up in the ’90s and whose lives have been shaped by alternative music.

The tracks themselves are complex, powerful and intense. The opening track, “April”, is a great intro to what’s to come: heavy from the start, the album gets your head bopping in a way only heavy music can. At times they’re moodily atmospheric, bringing out elements of Tool in “My Turn” and “The Darkness” with haunting vocals, dense guitars and dextrous bass, and they effectively use vocal harmonies in most of the tracks (listen to the chorus of “Farewell” for an example) to create the album’s overall anguished tone. This isn’t the most “upbeat” album, but it’s not supposed to be: Thrill of Falling is mellow, mighty and serious, and they’re best listened to when you’re feeling the same way.

Other notable band comparisons include Deftones, Incubus, Disturbed and Chevelle, or maybe a journey through them all. Fans of these bands will love Thrill of Falling, and in a heavy mood they’ll be exactly what you want.

Stream and download the EP on Bandcamp or ReverbNation, or better yet, pick it up in person. The EP will be officially released October 27 at Calgary’s Blind Beggar Pub, and if you’re in the area you can’t miss this show. Check out Thrill of Falling’s website for more info, follow them on Facebook and Twitter and pay attention to them. Bands like Thrill of Falling do more than make music: they touch lives, they create passion, and with a sound that actually means something, they’re going to go far.

Thrill of Falling - "Thrill of Falling"

Today I Caught The Plague – “Lore”

On everyone’s music playlist, there are songs and artists that are recognizable from the first beat. Today I Caught The Plague, a six-piece progressive metal band from Ottawa, is definitely one of these bands, and their newest album Lore is unmistakably unique.

As the band’s first full-length album, Lore shows from the first pulse just who Today I Caught The Plague is and why they’re seen as one of the fastest rising progressive metal bands in Canada. The band doesn’t waste any time, and starting the album in a frenzy, “Consequence of Fratricide” leaves no question as to what this album is about. Fans of progressive metal will absolutely love TICTP. The sounds are multilayered and harmonized, and it is clear from the band’s technical and lyrical expertise that this is no rookie attempt at such an ambitious and powerful endeavour.

The album itself is a holistically solid accomplishment. The layers come together with smooth precision, but individually, each piece holds its own. Machine gun-style drumming, two wailing guitars, bass, keyboards, and consistently melodic and evocative vocals all contribute to a symphony of sound and an unmistakable identity. There are elements of metal, hardcore rock, and early classical influences in each song, and this album shows that there are no boundaries that can’t be pushed.

TICTP puts on an incredible live show as well, and the energy and activity on Lore shows why. Few bands can create such an adrenaline-filled collection of songs, and while this may not be the album you listen to on a romantic date or while meditating at a Buddhist monastery, it will pump you up and get your blood moving in ways that very few other bands dare to try.

No other band compares to Today I Caught The Plague. For a taste of Lore, check out the band’s website, Facebook or MySpace, and definitely get out to a live show! It is one crazy time that should not be missed.

 

Today I Caught The Plague - "Lore"