Earthside - A Dream in Static

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Earthside
A Dream in Static
Independent Release
2015
7.5
Earthside is a newcomer from New Haven, Connecticut, US. “A Dream in Static” is their debut album which is self-released. I always wonder why the A&R managers of various music labels do not pay attention to such talented bands as Earthside and instead, they sign every crap act and then try hard to sell them to the people.
 
Earthside like to call their music “cinematic rock”. That specific tag is fine but it doesn’t exactly describe the band’s music. In truth to be told, only when you give em a few spins will you make up your mind on what music styles they blend in this album; but then again, I’ll try to give you a small hint. Imagine a big music canvas where you throw post-rock, atmospheric, cinematic, orchestral, modern rock/metal, prog metal, experimental & prog rock music in. Then blend them all together and you may have a hint of what Earthside is all about! The musicianship is remarkably strong and all the performances are amazing. The orchestrations are the ace on the band’s sleeve. Every track has been arranged very carefully and in every detail. The album was recorded in Stockholm, Sweden and produced by the renowned producer and mix engineer David Castillo (Opeth, Katatonia, Bloodbath); it was also co-produced by the band’s members Frank & Jamie. The tracks 1, 6 and 7 were mixed by the famous Jens Bogren (Opeth, Soilwork, The Ocean, Devin Townsend) along with Johan Örnborg. Jens did the mastering as well. The production is utterly modern and full.
 
But there’s more than that. The guest appearances on the album are: the vocalists Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust), Daniel Tompkins (TesseracT, ex-Skyharbor), Bjorn Strid (Soilwork) and Eric Zirlinger (Face The King, ex-Seer), the famed performer Max ZT on Hammered Dulcimer, Henrik Gennert on guitar solo and JP Asplund (Katatonia) on percussion. Moreover, ‘The Moscow Studio Symphony Orchestra’ is participating in “Mob Mentality” (along with Lajon) and in “Entering the Light” (along with Max ZT). Very smart idea to use a real orchestra on the abovementioned tracks. There’s an atmospheric & delicate background on each track too.
 
“A Dream in Static” is not an easy to comprehend album. It needs time & several listens to get into it. Earthside have made an opening to a wide-range audience with their debut release and I feel like they’re not afraid to take their chances. After all, they did things their way and it will pay back in due time.