Sunday, 7 October 2012

Sean Hall Terrestrial Album Review


Terraform kicks off the album and has a trancey, eerie introduction which is quickly contrasted with the sharp tone of mid-range guitar stabs. This continues throughout, and remains a theme within the EP. Snare shots accent the beat, as you begin to hear the ‘following’ of rhythms. Almost like call and response, Sean plays a riff which is identical to the kick drum rhythm. This sequence is then followed by snare quavers. It reminded me of Recreate by Born of Osiris, near the end.


This song is great mix of sheer fast-paced rhythms spaced between glitch-driven interludes. Hall and Farias have definitely made use of panning in this track! Whilst the guitar stabs and rhythm are predominant, there are ambient picked notes in the background. There is a small interlude with glitch drums that breaks up the song before it drops again into the punchy rhythms. 1.55 is very groovy, using whammy depressions – a technique becoming more popular in the tech metal scene nowadays.


Harmonies are definitely prominent here. A very melodic song, offering a contrast to Terraform and Arrival. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still packed with ‘djenty’ riffs and fast-paced solos. Towards the end, it really fills out as the drums build up with the melodic guitar solos.


A cracking djenty riff is what drives this song. Short stabs, with quick guitar runs. Snare shots accenting the beat helps bring this song together and keep it tight! I like how there is a strong sense of noise gated rhythm, but at the same time melodies that give the song direction – and the tone is fantastic!

New World

In my opinion, this is my favorite track on the album. It has the perfect combination of progressive rhythms and catchy melodies. It’s also backed up with some huge power chords! It begins with a tapping progression and rhythm that you might find in a melodic metalcore composition. I have to give him credit for the drum programming in this, some of the fills and cross-rhythms very well done.


The Terrestrial Album is an inspired creation from Diego Farias and Sean Hall. As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve highlighted the ‘melodic’ element within the songs – it really does describe the main feature of this album well. The sustained picked chords separate this from many ‘djent’/tech bands, but the thing I like the most is that they are mixed well so as not to detract from the epic rhythms! Good job lads, looking forward to Terrestrial 2.0!
For Fans Of 
- Elitist

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