Review | How real is reality? For austrian psychologist Paul Watzlawick, every so-called reality is a construction of those who believe that they’ve discovered and explored it. The assumption that only one reality existed would be the grand delusion of humanity. With their new album, German alternative/progressive rock band The Intersphere take the discussion to musical grounds.
Topics like perception of reality, consumerism and society lay the foundations for the songs that make up the colour palette of their fifth studio-album. Prior to the release, the singles served as forerunners of the album’s general theme. Dealing with individuals questioning their own reality, danceable rhythms come upon an energetic breakdown in Mind over Matter. Additionally, first single Secret Place illustrates the problem of today’s fast-paced society in which it’s hard to find the time and space for creativity. The yearning for creative calm underlays Christoph’s vocals. The marching drums in the middle of the song strongly remind of the cadence of individuals, which are then pulled out of their misery by the intro-riff. Varying from ominous silence to hard metal-guitars, lead single Antitype lines up perfectly. By drawing a bow between different spectrums, the band constantly presents us their ability to experiment.
Demonstrating what’s possible musically
On the whole, a wide range of musical components is offered to the listener. With a fuzzy bass and a straight-forward rock chorus, Overflow sounds like something that Incubus would’ve come up with for their next album. Strings and piano bits and pieces in Man On The Moon create a listening experience that is rich in variety. Furthermore, opener Don’t Think Twice as well as New Maxim convince with well applied and up-beat structures.
Apart from being a generally heavy band, they show their capability to write mainstream music in the ballad Linger, without giving in to the temptation to fall for the genre. When the balance is on a tipping point, they return to their s.o.b.p.– roots such as in title track The Grand Delusion, Smoke Screen and You Feel Better When I Feel Bad.
Closing track Shipwreck moves the musical events to the electronic world. Through the connecting of attuned guitars and electronic sounds, the listener is granted a final ear candy before he finds himself alone in his perceived reality again.
A logical step in the band’s development
With The Grand Delusion, The Intersphere have created a diverse record which synthesizes multifarious styles, creating its own reality as it unfolds. No matter if it’s math-rock, metal, pop or electronic – everything’s technically adept. Drums and bass fit perfectly together, the guitar sounds have no rivals and Christoph’s vocals keep everything under control. Overall, the album fits seamlessly into their discography, giving us the sound that we like about The Intersphere without big surprises.
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