Paradox: Chapters

Paradox: Chapters
Title: Chapters
Label: CD Baby

2014 saw Irish Alternative Rock band Paradox back in the studio recording their 4th album to date at Wavefield Recording Studios in Bantry, West Cork, Ireland with multi tasking musician and engineer Brian Casey on the desk. Titled 'Chapters' the 14 track album combines a variety of new sounds some of which have not yet been heard on any previous Paradox album. The first single 'Nothing Lasts' features slow melancholic Cello tones played by Maeve Kelly carrying the song to it's climatic refrains of 'Nothing Lasts'. A music video also accompanies the single. Cello makes an appearance on various other tracks on the album such as the track 'Eat' which subject focuses on the treatment of animals in factory farms and was initially inspired by the controversial documentary Earthlings. The new album has been a working progress for over a year which originated in September 2013 with songwriter Pete Mac playing all instruments on the recordings. Paradox drummer Mike Mac joined his brother Pete in the studio for a session in May 2014 after dropping back from his Canadian travels to drum on 4 tracks on the album. Overall 'Chapters' is far more experimental than any previous album with the band pushing their limits as much as possible in the studio which included recording in different rooms, distorting various bass sounds and having what became a trademark routine for many songs of a noise track when recording the electric guitar. The Noise Track basically consisted of Pete improvising spontaneously with a heavily distorted guitar while recording over various tracks with nothing rehearsed as the noise track was being recorded to add an extra live feel to certain tracks. As the album name suggests this is the next chapter in the band's history with many songs reflecting chapters in the band member's lives. A track by track description :: Prologue - An introduction to the album. As the World - Opening with a deep bass line and a subtle vocal As the World slowly builds to a chaotic climax with pained guitars moaning with feedback cutting into the melodic riff and vocal melody. The track itself displays the bands more experimental noisy side and was the first new song recorded for the album in September 2013. . Nothing Lasts - The first single 'Nothing Lasts' features slow melancholic Cello tones carrying the song to it's high point and vocal refrains of 'Nothing Lasts'. A music video also accompanies the single. S. A. D - A sharp electric guitar opens the track with a more familiar Paradox sound and a 90's rock feel to it. A stop, start motion guides the song through layers of guitars, bass and drums. Free as a Bird - Probably the most pop sounding track on the album 'Free as a Bird' is full of melodies and smooth guitars while the lyrics may come across as more sarcastic than sincere. The chorus words 'Now I'm Free as a Bird' repeat themselves throughout the song in a radio friendly easy listening gesture while the open layered guitars back the melody and tempo of the song. Eat - 'Eat' was initially inspired by the controversial documentary 'Earthlings' and focuses mainly on the treatment of animals in factory farms, the fashion industry and how animals are exploited and used solely for profit, consumption and human pleasure. You can watch this documentary online in full at Cello also makes an appearance on this track. The main chorus vocal line 'I'm eating and not thinking' set the general tone. Here are the full lyrics to the song. Lyrics :: EAT I don't mind suffering when it's not my kind They don't feel a thing I just close my eyes I'm eating I'm not thinking I'm eating I'm not seeing I'm eating I'm not feeling I'm eating I'm not thinking Caged fur animal for my loathing pride Tasteful edible am I sold a lie I'm ashamed to be a human being I'm a sadist creep I'm a human disease Tied running circles around my head They don't deserve this better dead It's the same to me a human being Such a tragedy we don't see Just keep eating and not thinking I'm ashamed to be a human being I'm a fascist freak I'm a human disease What's the Reason? - While being the shortest track on the album 'What's the Reason' still packs a punch with it's 1 minute and 5 seconds. Mike's steady pounding drum beat mixed with Pete's moaning guitar tones, distorted bass line and frustrated vocals being the song to an abrupt end. Little Lives - Opening with a lonely acoustic guitar and vocal melody Little Lives breaks into a fast paced fuzzy riff which continues to change it's direction until the end of the song. In Disguise - From the shortest to the longest track on the album In Disguise runs just under 7 minutes 20 seconds. An off timing beat carries the song until it breaks into a heavy riff which changes it's course once again towards the end of the track. Painting Pictures - Cello makes an appearance once again on this acoustic ballad which also features female vocal harmonies from bassist Jette. Beating Down - A subtle electric guitar riff plays gently alongside eerie piano notes and opens the song up into it's full chorus. This track also has a more familiar Paradox sound to it when it bursts into a wall of distorted guitars and choppy drums. Burning Out - A ticking clock motion opens this fast paced track musically veering towards a more Punk Rock, old school Paradox sound which could have similarities to the bands earlier material. Vocals are spat out at break neck speed with their disgust at the 9 to 5 modern working life format. Other Side - The albums closing track features a final appearance of mournful Cello that guides the guitars and melodies throughout. Jette's female vocals also flow through the chorus lines of 'If I meet you on the other side maybe then I'll understand'. The song has multiple chord changes towards the middle section changing from major to minor and everything in between. Epilogue - The albums closing of Cello feedback. *Bonus Track 'Shame for my Name' exclusive to CD* :: 'Shame for my name' was re-recorded at Mikes studio in Canada on August 24th 2014. The track was originally recorded in December 2000 at Master Groove Studios in LA and appeared on the debut Paradox album 'Circle of Growth'. The new version of this acoustic ballad was added as a bonus track to the new album exclusive to the physical CD and talks are also in the works to have the song included for an upcoming independent film. Shame for my Name has always been one of the bands stronger tracks and Pete and Mike felt the original older recording of the track didn't do it justice. It's also fun to compare the older version recorded when Pete was 18 years old and Mike 21 against the newer version 14 years later. About the band :: Paradox are an Alternative Rock/ Grunge band from Cork, Ireland. Formed in 1996 by brothers Pete Mac and Mike Mac the early Paradox sound was heavily influenced by the Grunge Era of the 90's. The band has shaped and evolved their sound over the years while still maintaining their Alternative Rock sound. Paradox have released 4 studio albums to date. Their debut album 'Circle of Growth' was recorded in Los Angeles in 2000 and released on a US label. Their second album 'Sacred' was recorded and released in 2004, 'Corporate Pollution' was released in 2011 and their latest album 'Chapters' released in January 2015. Singer and songwriter Pete Mac also recorded and released a solo album in 2009 in Berlin, Germany. 'Corporate Pollution' marked a further evolution in the Paradox sound and received the most attention from any of the bands releases. From the opening track 'Corporate Pollution' with it's churning guitar riffs and political sneers the track seems to somewhat set the tone for the rest of the album. One reviewer noted that the album had 'so many influences it's hard to list them all, the music is solid, timeless and to the point'. Another review from added - 'Maybe the ultimate compliment you can pay to this album is that you cou

1.1 Prologue
1.2 As the World
1.3 Nothing Lasts
1.4 S.A.D
1.5 Free As a Bird
1.6 Eat
1.7 What's the Reason?
1.8 Little Lives
1.9 In Disguise
1.10 Painting Pictures
1.11 Beating Down
1.12 Burning Out
1.13 Other Side
1.14 Epilogue

Paradox: Chapters

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