Unsigned? Seriously? These guys are unsigned? Wow.
When I started researching Wake Of The Titan, I automatically
assumed I'd find a major label of some sort listed on their MySpace.
Or if nothing else, a substantial indie. But
nothing. That just
shocks me that a band with this talent hasn't been picked up.
Okay, labels aside, I'll talk about the music. For an EP, Goodnight
Cold Earth is a great way to introduce yourself into the music
industry. The strength of this album has the potential to do so much.
Obviously, the musicianship in these guitarists is top notch and you
get a first hand example of that from the moment the album begins.
"The Guns Of A Ticoneroga" is a purely instrumental section
of 2 minutes and 43 seconds of your life. And it is time well spent.
The entire song is what I'm now going to call Raw Rock. With almost
harsh guitar riffs and really simple drums, it's a rollercoaster of
head-banging-ness. Just as the first song gets to it's thrashing point,
it drops off and starts in with the title track. "Goodnight Cold
Earth" is graceful in its transitions and poetic in its lyrics.
"If you look closely, there are faces in the sand/But like us
they disappear, as does all that's made by man." It's as though
they wrote a rock lullaby. Sure it pounds in with the chorus full
of a hefty bass and little less sentimental lyrics: "'cause this
world is a prison", but somehow I can still see this rocking
me to sleep. No pun intended. "Forward Motion" starts off
very similar to the previous song, with a very gentle guitar and calming
vocals. The first 40 seconds of this song bugged me for the longest
time. Not only were they amazing, but they hinted at a similarity
to a band from years past. Finally, I figured that the guitar styling
in this song is reminiscent of the Eagles. Play "Hotel
California" and then this song and you'll see what I'm talking
about. Now after the initial 40 seconds is that harshness I spoke
of before; we're back to banging the head. My favorite song is "If
We're Quiet." The mellowed down alternative sound appeals to
me, in the same way that Breaking Benjamin and Tool
do, as do the powerful emotions that just come rushing (or screaming)
out in the chorus. The guitar solo in this song ranks high on my list
for Exceptional Solos. If you're going to end an album it's good to
do it with a solid song like "The Cycle." This one takes
me back to more of that Tool appeal. It has a set of bass strings
that, when getting into the thick of the song, start to not only shake
and rattle themselves, but your bones as well.
The music on this album is amazing, really exceptional. The guitar
work is some of the best I've heard in quite a while. The fact that
this was only their first EP has me hopeful for what could come. Someone
just needs to sign them and really give them their opportunity.
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