Cosmic Contact, the three-piece outfit from Miami returns to space again with Origins: Part Two and digs deep into all things spacey. The band draws from a wide range of artists you may hear influences from, like Radiohead, Tool, Nirvana, Queens of The Stone Age, Rush, Jimi Hendrix and Muse.
On this second release, which continues similar themes from Origins, Part One the keyboard takes on a more predominant role because the band wanted to create a more “spacey vibe.” And indeed – mission was accomplished from this earthling’s perspective. The number of tracks are consistent with Part One, that of four, and aspires to take you on an “epic journey…through the trials and triumphs of life in this strange universe we live in.”
The title for “Odyssey Aquarius” takes its name from NASA’s Apollo 13 mission and begins with fuzz-effect bass lines and big, bold sounds as if a rocket is taking off. It rocks hard like a Tool song and with the keyboards added and progressive off beats during the break, a good smattering of Rush influence can be heard, too. “Out There” fades in with even heavier fuzz bass lines that sound otherworldly and a sludgy, trippy beat. The keys and vocals mesh together as if becoming one instrument, which I thought was pretty cool. This one felt like the title suggests – ‘out there’ – like on some kind of trip not knowing where to.
“Goodnight” begins with a rocking acoustic style, kind of like the grunge of the ‘90s, and that formula stays steady throughout the song. Vocalist Chrystian Von Schoettler really brings his vocal chops to the next level, as does Robert Whiting’s keys and Michael Rodriguez’s drumming. The last tune, “Bye Bye Contact” has a pretty tasty fuzz bass line that reminded me of what original bassist Cliff Burton did on Metallica’s “Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth).” I really like the melody on this one – the keys, bass and vocals – how it all came together was very well done. Rodriguez has some great drum fills on this one as well. The break between verses has an excellent explosive energy that revs up some speed and the keys get crazy good – the band’s instrumentation begins to work up a frenzy into a chaotic climatic ending as they journey deeper through space. Where will Cosmic Contact’s next journey take them? – stay tuned at mission control space fans.
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