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Of Fate And Chance
A Liar's Monologue
(self-released)


Of Fate And Chance is a name that precisely symbolizes what it is like being in a rock band where members are totally dependent on destiny and luck for their music to catch on with the masses. The four members of Tewksbury Township, New Jersey's Of Fate And Chance are still attending college while having self-released their debut EP A Liar's Monologue, produced by the band, Ryan Selick, and Scarz. The music has the dark seething registers of Hawthorne Heights, the hardcore/progressive rock brawn of Coheed & Cambria and The Receiving End Of Sirens, the emo-rock arches of This Day And Age and Ellison, and softcore punk texturing correlating to The Starting Line and Moneen.

Lead vocalist/guitarist Sean Massaro, bassist/backup vocalist Ryan Bergamotto, drummer Jon Fleck, and newest member guitarist/backup vocalist Micah Payne create very well crafted songs that are melodically barreled, sonically intriguing, tonally exciting, and sophistically framed. The album commences with a dreamy electronica arrangement entitled "Thulcandra's Illness: Silence" which radiates fantasy-oriented soundscapes in a cinematic panoply. Bergamotto explains on the band's website that the title of the track is a metaphor for planet Earth where people lack the guidance to know right from wrong. He says, "We all go around fighting each other and killing each other because we don't have guidance. Hence, we are silenced from guidance and so silence is Earth's illness." This observation says a great deal about the people who are placed in positions meant to guide others - they've apparently failed.

Many of the band's song titles and lyrics are metaphors and symbols for their emotions and thought-provoking philosophies about life, like the selection "Photo-Not-Graphing Emotions" which represents that someone's photograph does not necessarily tell what that person is feeling. Bergamotto also reveals that the song "Artwork Dancing" depicts his affection for his girlfriend whom he translates as a vision of art.

The songs have a depth of emotion with bulging guitar licks and thriving rhythms reminiscent of Breaking Benjamin. The cylindrical bucking of the guitar chords function in harmony with the hearty bass pumps and snugly nestled drum kicks. The transitions are keenly tailored and the melodic folds stock complex piping. Magnetically charged movements and impassioned vocals surface on tracks like "The Hollywood Charity" and "Coordinates." Tangents of softcore punk vaunts are packed through the rhythmic motions of the title track and "Moonstring Intoxication," and prog rock/emo voicings kerosene "Welcome To Unconsciousness."

Of Fate And Chance's EP A Liar's Monologue is a rock oriented collection where the movements and transitions cord a hard rock delivery while every track tells an individual story. The songs weld mid-tempo ranges and quantum energy in the movements. The album has an alt-nation wiring, submerging into thoughtful moods that are melodically spruced and skillfully kindled. Whatever the band is doing to form these songs, they are doing it right, even in a world that is deficient of the guidance to know right from wrong.

-Susan Frances

Track listing:
1. Thulcandra's Illness: Silence
2. Artwork Dancing
3. A Liar's Monologue
4. Moonstring Intoxication
5. Photo-Not-Graphing Emotions
6. Welcome To Unconscious
7. The Hollywood Charity
8. Coordinates

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