Sunday, December 22, 2013
The Rising Sun Expierence - Beyond the Oblivious Abyss
Portugal'sThe Rising Sun Experience are a modern day psychedelic rock band. Drawing heavily on influences from the 60’s and 70’s, they present classic psychedelic rock elements with modern tones and productions. Their new release,Beyond the Oblivious Abyss, showcases their dedication to their craft and influences well.
Beyond The Oblivious Abyss features 8 tracks that walk all over the rock and roll gamut by utilizing a wide range of instrumentation, vocal delivery, and dynamics. They are far and away from one trick ponies. I wasn’t sold on the record at first listen. It was a little too clean for my tastes. I felt like it deserved a second spin on fresh ears. I would say this record is dense as a positive point. TRSE are great musicians making great rock music. It is certainly better than anything on modern rock radio right now, despite being modern rock. When will they learn? Hopefully one day for TRSE to make it on there.
When I listen to the record I pick up on mid-90’s alternative rock but with a groovier twist. I’m pretty sure that is what they are going for. Maybe this is weird to say, but I think that the lack of super heavy hard rock from the mix that is common with bands in the genre makes them more accessible. Guys, what I’m saying is that if you are into this stuff...it might be a good one to turn your girlfriend on to so that you can have something to talk about.
At their heaviest, they get into the groovier rock riffs similar in construction to that of The Bakerton Group and Clutch, but of course, less beardy. At their grooviest, they will take you on a extended, spaced out trip across the bulk of the album, landing softly at the end. A lot of this is due to the prominence of percussion and organ/keys in the TRSE’s sound. They are definitely working with a full palette of rock and roll musically that most bands don’t have access to. It’s pretty smooth for being a rocking record. I suggest giving it a go if you like tight distorted guitars and spacey interludes.