Thursday, January 28, 2010

REVIEW: Glass Delirium - Thanks to a Monster's Many Heads

Colorado band Glass Delirium is probably one of the most stylistically diverse and talented groups in the independent scene. Encompassing many genres, their latest release Thanks to a Monster’s Many Heads is a creative collaboration that is sure to leave you speechless.

Thanks to a Monster’s Many Heads kicks off with Seeing Double, a jaunty track with an Evanescence feel that works more as an intro to the album. Beside Myself transitions flawlessly from the first track. This song continues with the mood from Seeing Double, but compounds on the energy and works as a great introduction to what Glass Delirium is all about. Secret has a darker yet more mature sound than the previous tracks. The balance of the instruments and the echoing male and female vocals in this track is just spot on! Vanished By the Red leans a little more toward alt rock/funk yet still maintains the level of emotion set forth previously. The title track, Glass Delirium is the first track on the album where you can really tell this band is made of quite different musical minds that fit together like perfect puzzle pieces to create this reggae/hard rock track. The Color Nine has more of a classic hard rock sound similar to that of Heart. I really like how the keyboards accent the overall mood of the song giving it a more ambient feel.

Head First works as kind of an intermission track. At only fifty-three seconds in length, it functions as a spacy, electronic intro into the next track. Quintessence rockets us into the latter portion of the album. This track sounds like a mix of Rasputina, Papa Roach and Tool. Transfixation is probably the best example of dynamics on this album. From super-high energy to an ambient, almost soundscape verses and back again this is a very well rounded and produced track. Ellipsis is another instrumental transition track with strings and percussion that sounds like an epic soundtrack from a movie scene. An Enigma, a personal favorite, is what I would imagine Incubus in their earlier days would have sounded like if they added Amy Lee to the Band. The Clearing is just epic enough to end this album without disappointing. Even though most of this album is extremely high energy, Glass Delirium has done a wonderful job with track order in order to bring the listener up with them and returning them back to earth in the end unscathed.

Overall, Thanks to a Monster’s Many Heads was composed, produced and recorded wonderfully. One can really tell by listening that Glass Delirium is a group of professionals sure to succeed, and I look forward to hearing more from these guys.

4.5 out of 5 stars

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