Features
Reviews
Must Hear Music
Reviews Archives
Archives
Bargain Basement
Downloads
Music DVD
Upstart
Pipsqueaks
 
 
 
Features
Reviews
Archives
Send Us Mail
Contact Us
 
 

Wake Of The Titan
Goodnight Cold Earth
(self-released)


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.

-Rachel Fredrickson

Check out more reviews

Talk Back
e-mail the chief

Like this article?
e-mail it to a friend!

 


Mike Doughty



Pink Floyd

-------


South By Southwest 2014
David DeVoe

South By Southwest 2013
David DeVoe

Red Hook Music Festival
George Dow

SXSW 2012
David DeVoe

Our Favorite Records 2011
Hybrid Staff

AWOLNation
Rachel Fredrickson

Kanrocksas
Rachel Fredrickson

Warped Tour 2011
Rachel Fredrickson

Eddie Spaghetti
Melissa Skrbic-Huss

Murder By Death
Mike DeLeo


Mike Doughty
Boulder, CO

Epilogues
Denver, CO

Imagine Dragons
Denver, CO

Sebadoh
Cambridge, MA

Young Magic
Denver, CO

Warped Tour 2012
Denver, CO

Thrice
Denver, CO

Mike Doughty
Denver, CO

MuteMath
Kansas City, MO

Other Lives
Lawrence, KS

Los Campesinos
Boston, MA

The Civil Wars
Lawrence, KS

Ha Ha Tonka
Lawrence, KS

Thrice
Lawrence, KS


 
hybridmagazine.com is updated daily except when it isn't.
New film reviews are posted every week like faulty clockwork.
Wanna write for hybrid? Send us an e-mail.
© 1996-2009 [noun] digital media. All rights reserved worldwide. All content on hybridmagazine.com and levelheadedmusic.com is the intellectual property of Hybrid Magazine and its respective creators. No part of hybridmagazine.com or levelheadedmusic.com may be reproduced in any format without expressed written permission. For complete masthead and physical mailing address, Click Here.