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My name is Ash, and today we will talk about the album, which is an interesting combination of prog metal, funk and liquid EDM, which as a result causes a lot of butthurts of metalheads around the world (I’m just tired of them demonstrating their narrow-mindedness) and pleases listeners who want some fresh air in this stuffy metal-prog-posthardcore world since the latest Polyphia’s album. Speaking traditionally briefly and clearly, this album is a pleasant surprise for the whole month, because I did not expect that I would like it so much.

In general, I was familiar with the Issues in approximately the same way as with SWS – that is, not at all. Judging by the name, a long time ago I had a biased impression of the stereotypical sound in instruments and vocals + surface-level text. Such is the power of prejudice, which I have no intention of overcoming and resolving. Nevertheless, thanks to our traditional Sunday streams, I first heard the track Drink About It and already during listening I was dragged along by how prog-metal riffs combined with thin-high vocals on the fine balance of autotune and recognizability of the timbre. In short, it was good, but it got even better after the Flexin track, in which there was funk, and electronic beats, and a very, very much of banter that the CA did not understand (which means that the banter worked perfectly). After such absolutely polar singles, it became really interesting to wait for what the guys were going to roll out in the end. In other words, expectations from the album were more than high, as you can imagine.

The album “Beautiful Oblivion”, according to the group, tells about how you can and should live through far from the most pleasant years of your existence, full of toxicity, addictions and the inability to calm down and accept yourself for granted. It is this process of moving away from dark impressions and “experiences” to lighter, brighter and more pleasant that is depicted on the cover of the album, and it is quite clear at first glance that it in no way negatively affects its style. Naturally, this is another regular musical release on this topic of the transition from bad to better, so why should we even pay attention to it?

We’ve got to pay attention to at least some fragments of the text ’cause they look very interesting. The first two tracks, from a slightly different perspective, talk about the problem of alcoholism due to someone/something. Therefore, it is said that “it may be dim in my eyes, but clearly in my head” or “how many times have I made you my reason to get drunk?”, in addition, the lyrics’ form in the track (like the rest of the album) does not shine with the richness and depth of content, but some personal and absolutely non-cliche views on the beaten up topics make it slightly more valuable than the average text of any other modern rock / metal album.

That’s why I liked the comparison of negative people with the rain that trails behind the hero of the album and will ruin his life, I also liked this idea that it’s normal to be proud that you are “second best” in your life and you don’t need to fit in with people in this case, when they are simply satisfied with themselves. Yes, even the banter text about an empty flex in the corresponding track looks like an outlet, since everyone is so serious that even humor about a beggarly flex is perceived negatively. There is also a rather emotional text about “dislike for women” not because of personally, but because of all (well, you understand, right?). And this whole thing is summarized and summed up in the title track, singing about music as a “beautiful oblivion”, but this label can also be spread with the aforementioned symbol of alcohol, money and toxic relationships. Why not?

A very interesting selection of styles is here and their combination from track to track. Of course, there were some filler couplets that were kept on a synth beat and an easy bass line playing up – but it was not significant and was observed only in a pair of tracks just to balance the powerful chorus with dynamics. You can’t take one thing from an album – the chorus vocal lines are written in a chic composition and performed emotionally and right on the spot. In general, the work of the vocals here was correspondingly high to the strong work of the gentlemen-instrumentalists, since in 90% of the tracks they either gave us progressive riffs or heavy seven-string grooves, or gave insanely high-quality funk to the overdriven sound that only “true metalhead” listeners could not appreciate (I’m not tired of reminding about them, excuse me). It was just the same impression with the last work of SWS, where a very low groove-heavy instrumental contrasted the vocals just to the perfect degree that it does not start to sound separately.

Structurally, everything is quite traditional and understandable, but the performance itself does wonders, because from the monotonous second-short impulses of the guitar in the verses, you can easily hear the complex patterns on the choruses. Often there was some association with the Tesseract, precisely because of the tone of the guitar and minimalist riffs in the verses. With all this, a constant deja vu jumped out in my head with something in the middle between Northlane and Dance Gavin Dance, as the harshness of the first and the chaotic playfulness of the second band organically coexisted in almost all tracks.

Three singles were given from the album and they simultaneously characterize it completely and do not characterize it at all. Musically, there are a lot of different contrasts in it, which make the album not look like something else, even in the genre of prog metal, exactly the same way as it makes the listening very, very much entertaining. This is seriously one of the most unexpected and enjoyable albums for my ear – 4.5 out of 5. Finally, albums started appearing, not sounding like the others, and containing the songs that cause contrasting emotions and impressions. So any art should be – on the balance of technicality and originality with a commonly clear comprehensiveness.

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