EARTHSIDE

(UNITED STATES)

LET THE TRUTH SPEAK

(2023)
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MUSIC THEORIES RECORDINGS

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PROGRESSIVE METAL

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"Eight years on from their sublime debut album, Earthside's "Let the Truth Speak" may be a little too eclectic, but it's still rooted in high-quality 'Cinematic Rock'."
GYVY (03.11.2023)  
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Earthside will have taken eight years to recover from the masterpiece "A Dream in Static" released in 2015. Succeeding at the first attempt is sometimes a poisoned gift, because you have to take it on, and repeating the feat is rarely easy. While Earthside define themselves as a band making "cinematic rock", we can nevertheless categorize them, without knocking them, as a progressive metal band on the borders of djent, the Americans mastering the gimmicks of both genres to perfection.

As on "A Dream in Static", "Let the Truth Speak" is a collection of instrumental and vocal tracks. As the band is a collective of musicians, the sung tracks are each time provided by guests, an original approach making the whole very eclectic to the point of drowning out the marks and wondering after a few tracks if you're still listening to the same band. Keturah's Karnivool-like vocals, for example, are only heard on 'We Who Lament', as is Daniel Tompkins' (TesseracT) on 'Let the Truth Speak'. Musically, "Let the Truth Speak" is remarkable, but the album would have benefited from being less scattered in the diverse and varied registers of the special guests' vocal timbres. 

A warning is in order before listening to the dreamlike fifth track, 'Watching the Earth Sink'. Indeed, the most psychologically fragile may not have the chance to finish the album, so palpable are the malaise, pain and sorrow throughout the track's almost 12 minutes. While the track is a thing of beauty, it belongs in that category of songs capable of bringing a tear to your eye as well as depressing you.

'Watching the Earth Sink' is, along with the intro 'But What If We Were Wrong' and the outro 'All We Knew And Ever Loved', one of the few instrumental tracks on the album. They are also probably the most memorable tracks on the album. As for the grand finale 'All We Knew And Ever Loved', if it literally takes your guts, it's even more poignant when you watch the associated animated clip.

Starting and ending an album isn't always a priority for bands in general, but that's not the case for Earthside, who offer a second very good "Cinematic Rock" album with "Let the Truth Speak". Recruiting a resident singer could be an improvement for the next opus, which could well be, as is often the case in the music world, the one of maturity.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. But What If We're Wrong (ft. Sandbox Percussion)
02. We Who Lament (ft. Keturah)
03. Tyranny (ft. Pritam Adhikary)
04. Pattern Of Rebirth (ft. AJ Channer)
05. Watching The Earth Sink
06. The Lesser Evil (ft. Larry Braggs & Sam Gendel)
07. Denial's Aria (ft. Keturah, VikKe & Duo Scorpio)
08. Vespers (ft. Gennady Tkachenko-Papizh & VikKe)
09. Let The Truth Speak (ft. Daniel Tompkins & Gennady Tkachenko-Papizh)
10. All We Knew And Ever Loved (ft. Baard Kolstad)

LINEUP:
Ben Shanbrom: Chant / Batterie
Frank Sacramone: Chant / Claviers
Jamie Van Dyck: Chant / Guitares
Ryan Griffin: Basse
   
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