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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"

Chakobsa – “Energy Dispersal”

Most people will argue that music is an experience. Our favourite songs are those that mean something to us, and we can usually argue that listening to our favourite albums involves more than just listening. Energy Dispersal, the second full-length album from Calgary’s Chakobsa, is entirely different than anything else out there right now, and with powerful tracks and an unforgettable sound the album will completely blow you away.

Released in March 2012, Energy Dispersal is one of the coolest albums to come out this year. It doesn’t fit into any particular category or traditional genre, and this might be what makes it such a unique and meaningful experience. It’s a weird combination of sounds: somehow both heavy and mellow, it takes on dark and moody elements while also showing off some singable melodies and quicker bass lines. Chakobsa experiments with different sounds and devices, bringing forward a grungy alt-doom-blues-rock sound that is not quite like anyone else, yet still familiar and mainstream. Think of a strange combination of Tool, Alice in Chains, Muddy Waters, The Doors and Faith No More. This isn’t easy to do, but Chakobsa pulls it off, and does so very well.

There are some obvious song-writing and musical talents on this album. The most obvious talent lies in their ability to harmonize vocally. Take “A Constant With Variable Values”, for example: the vocal harmonies here take an incredible ear and lot of skill, and it really is amazing they’re able to keep this up while maintaining strong instrumental abilities and actual intelligent lyrics. Most of the tracks have similar features: slower tempos, strong harmonies, heavy bass and emphasis on minor key signatures, a combination that leads to an emotional connection and the comparison to bands like Tool (“To The Visage”).

Chakobsa was born in the late ’90s and after some mixing and growing they’re stronger than ever. They have incredible balance and chemistry and are definitely a band to check out. Check out the band’s website and Facebook for more information, preview and buy Energy Dispersal on iTunes or CD Baby, and definitely get out to a live show! And if you’re unsure, the band does give clear instructions on pronouncing their name: “cha-KOB-sa. The ‘O’ is like ‘hole’ – not ‘hot'”. Get used to saying it; Energy Dispersal is the first step in Chakobsa’s rise to the top, and with uniqueness on their side and talent all around them, they’re out to create an unforgettable experience.

Chakobsa - "Energy Dispersal"