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From Another Planet: An Ever Changing Perspective Review

Review of From Another Planet:  An Ever Changing Perspective

 

From Another Planet might be more aptly named “31 Flavors.”  I kid, but honestly the band has a large repertoire of musical colors to choose from and they aren’t afraid to use them.  The six songs on the album all have different feels to them, but also feel just similar enough to link them together.  The progressive and epic songs seem to have a story-like quality, and it was easy for me to imagine scenes from a fantasy or science fiction movie while I listened to them.  From Another Planet’s sound is unique enough to stand out in the genre, but doesn’t stray too far away to where the listener would lose interest.  If this is the effect they were going for, I would say they nailed it.  I often found myself nodding my head while listening to the songs, if only for brief moments of the song’s progression.  It’s worth mentioning that some of the song lengths are unusual, (ranging from 3 to 11 minutes!) and the album would be great to listen to while working or even working out.

The first song, Remission, start out the album with some interesting, ethereal guitar work, heavy breakdowns, and plenty of growling.  Overall, the playing is very tight, and there is some great chemistry between the guitars and drums on this one.  There are times in the song when you get this feel like it’s the scene in the movie where you are rooting for the hero to beat the bad guy.  Next is the song Forge, which comes in with a nice, mellow guitar intro, then quickly is built up by the drums.  The song is the longest on the album, but has a great, multi-layered musical landscape.  At about 4 minutes, there are some just bad-assed drum rolls deserving mention, then coming full circle at around 7 minutes to a mellow interlude and a nice little guitar solo.  The third song, Release, is immediately in your face and has some very solid, groovy guitar riffs.  Again, wonderful groove in this song, leading to irresistible urges to nod your head.

After that is Renewed, which is quite a style departure from the rest of the songs.  Very subdued and spacy, with plenty of flavors.  The fifth track, Trailblazer, is one of the songs that could very easily be in a movie soundtrack.  There are some very good uses of volume swells and delay on the guitar in the first half of the song.  It pairs nicely with the previous track, and creates a nice interlude between the heavier songs.  The final track, Pursuit, is an all-in bid, with plenty of raucousness right of the bat.  As I’ve said before, the drummer really had me nodding my head on this one, (even doing hand drumming on my lap) and this could easily be mosh material in a live setting.  The song and album end with chaotic dissonance, in case you were craving some, once again throwing in that last flavor for good measure.

I really enjoyed the creativity and complexity of this album and would recommend it to anyone who has a tendency to like all different kinds of music.  The variety in the music was refreshing.  I would give this album a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. 

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