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Earthside - 2015 A Dream In Static

ARTIST: Earthside
ALBUM: A Dream In Static
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2015


LINEUP: Jamie van Dyck - guitar * Frank Sacramone - keyboards * Ben Shanbrom - drums * Ryan Griffin - bass

Guests: Moscow Symphony Orchestra - orchestration * Lajon Witherspoon, Bjorn Strid, Eric Zirlinger, Daniel Tompkins - lead vocals * Max ZT - dulcimer

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Closest I've Come * 02 Mob Mentality * 03 A Dream In Static * 04 Entering The Light * 05 Skyline * 06 Crater * 07 The Ungrounding * 08 Contemplation Of The Beautiful



Thanks to RKBLUEZ for introducing me to these American prog metallers. You have to wonder how and where these guys can take their music because they have so much potential. Reading their band bio on their website, all these guys (apart from the drummer I think) have degrees in music theory (the drummer has a degree in communications or some such..). They know what they are doing, and as you can expect, Earthside's music twists and turns all over the show. Yes it's technical instrumental prog metal with guest vocals, lengthy Dream Theater like playing times, while the band photo would have you think these guys work in a IT/website design boutique agency! Not quite hipster looking, but I seriously had to look twice.

The Songs
'A Dream In Static' certainly isn't tech metal for hipsters. The level of musicianship is very high, but thankfully it doesn't get bogged down by a level of technicality so much so as to confuse the listener. There's a lot of crossover here. Earthside describe their music as 'cinematic metal', and that's a great way of describing it. The band don't have a designated lead singer, even though there are vocals, which are contributed by a selection of guest appearances. In parts, the album is big and booming, as witnessed on the second section of the opening instrumental 'The Closest I've Come'. A powerful introduction indeed. 'Mob Mentality' is extremely bombastic, that's because Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust) and The Moscow Symphony Orchestra make a significant contribution. Someone elsewhere described this as a metallic version of The Moody Blues 'Days of Future Past'. I can't be the judge of that call, but I'm sure someone else might! Elsewhere, Earthside drift between cinematic soundscapes and hardened prog metal with some well credentialled singers from other bands such as Sevendust, Soilwork, Tesseract and Face The King joining in to round out the CD.

In Summary
For me it's really difficult to review an album like this. Long extended pieces do my head in most of the time, and I switch off mentally. Also, reading and researching other peer reviews elsewhere.. I can't get into reading an article that's 2000 words long and full of gushing superlatives. I find prog metal sites some of the worst examples for writing bloated pieces that read like a scientific dissertation! Please, keep it basic and short. However, in saying that, Earthrise are a band coming through the system that should have acquired a sizeable fanbase by the time CD#2 is released. There's nothing static about these guys. No doubting they are good at what they do, but for me, I prefer it short, sweet and snappy. One for prog specialists I'd suggest. [word count 478]

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#1 | gdazegod on January 05 2016 11:57:30
Earthside - 2015 A Dream In Static (full album, provided by the band itself)
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