Brothers David and Brian Pardine debut release Birth Of Truth is a double album. The first nine songs are from Vibrating Universe are considered Perpetual Paradox and the last nine songs fit into Infinite Invitation. It reminded me of how the Smashing Pumpkins released Mellon Collie and The Infinite Saddness. I think that was a wise decision to conceptually create some separation between the songs since there are so many.
The band falls into the alternative rock category with a proclivity to do things on an epic scale. The topics are metaphysical and existential while the music itself attempts and often succeeds at reaching great heights.
The band opens with “Passing Through” which feels like a proper introduction. It’s got a welcoming vibe and some spoken word in addition to the vocal harmonies. The band starts to take off with the next track “Realm Of Skin.” They do some sufficient rocking on this track and it's obvious the band has some skill on the guitar.
The vocals on a number of songs reminded me of Pink Floyd. Take for instance “Young Love.” I was reminded of “Another Brick in the Wall” in a number of ways. The vocals carry the song despite their being a constant lead guitar.
It was hard to pick out a highlight since there were so many songs and the songwriting was consistently good. The band starts to define a sound as the album progresses and they never go too far off the beaten path in terms of the foundation they build. One of my personal favorites was “What It Seems.” The song rocks and is even a bit bluesy. Make sure to check this one out.
There is unequivocally a lot of material here. I encourage you to explore but you might burn yourself out if you try to take it all in too quickly. If you take your time and don’t rush there are plenty of gems to be found.
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