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Hundred Year Storm
Hello From The Children Of Planet Earth
Floodgate Records/East West Rock

Hundred Year Storm's debut album on Floodgate Records Hello From The Children Of Planet Earth immerses the Austin, Texas quartet's melodies in bulbous sonic waves and lengths of cinematic atmospheres similarly to Inkwell and Angels And Airwaves. The vocals of lead singer Bill McCharen are idealistic and swirl-ish performed in accord with the spacey guitar vibrations composed by McCharen and backup vocalist/guitarist David Kiesel. The sonic sensations are dunked in the rhythmic bobbling of bass guitarist Shane Fling and tinseled with quivering drum belts by Brandon Johnson. Produced by David Dreesen, the album is a sonic odyssey into roving sensations and spatial planks of cinematic soundcapes.

The lyrical themes revolve around hope and love and holding onto them even in the face of defeat. "Where Beauty Never Dies" lauds: "I'll be standing on the shoreline/ Watching my ship set sail/ I'll be waving good-bye/ To what would have been my life/ Whatever I've gained in loss/ Whatever price I'll pay/ Whatever the road I'll take to find you/ This wind will carry my hope."

The guitar verses have an elan that rings with sparkling chimes and twinkling motions. The supple stomps of the drum rolls on the track "Yesterday We Had It All" have firm fittings in the melodic folds. The club beats on "Walking Away From What You Deserve" are besieged by glowing string sessions and lavish bass rustles. The gentle wavelets harmonize on "August On Fire" erecting a serene dreamscape.

The acoustic accents on "Where Beauty Never Dies" are whisked in delicate, piano vales and furnish exquisite male and female vocal harmonies. The number is tender and willowy, instantly likeable. "The Golden Record" begins with recordings from news clips on space exploration over light, airy sonic palisades. The instrumentals build momentum into dazzling guitar lapses, oscillating in a sea of motions. The lofty levels of resonance on "All This Time" rise and decline along the tempo changes showing the band's dynamic artistry.

The ethereal guitar traipses on "Beloved" project tangy spins and channel dreamy tones. The liquidity hydroplanes on "Crash And Burn" offer oceanic atmospheres and shales of glimmering guitar effects. The hard rock thrusts on "Reach" have an Evanescence elevation with melodic turns and crescents.

Hundred Year Storm's songs are captivating in their cinematic motions and atmospheric lengths. For a debut album, Hundred Year Storm put out a winner.

-Susan Frances

1. 00:01
2. Yesterday We Had It All
3. Walking Away From What You Deserve
4. August On Fire
5. Where Beauty Never Dies
6. The Golden Record
7. All this Time
8. Beloved
9. Winter Is Always Good For Broken Hearts
10. Reach
11. Crash and Burn
12. Pilots Last Broadcast

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