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
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.
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
9. Winter Is Always Good For Broken Hearts
11. Crash and Burn
12. Pilots Last Broadcast
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