When I first heard “Entropy” by Redshift, I thought: Pure madness. Glorious madness.
Those two statesmens still stand true or I should say are even truer with their album Laws of Entropy, out now.
The band says this of the inspiration behind the album,
Being a young man with the world at your feet, thinking you can live the life you want and then realising it’s not as easy and giving into the struggles and pressures of life, suffering a mental breakdown, eventually asking for help and then dying. Each song is a step in this journey. The 21 minute closer deals with all these themes from start to finish.
Yep, you read that right. A 21 minute track.
In fact, there are only 2 songs, “Birth” and “Singularity” that clock in under 6 minutes.
Time is a relative concept right?
As I wrote earlier, Redshift’s sound is brilliantly refreshing and there’s a little bit of something for everyone and I don’t mean there’s a song for everyone. Be it metal, harsh vocals, progressive, jazz, bass…whatever. There is a little bit of something for everyone in each and every song on Laws of Entropy.
In having a little bit for everyone within a song, Redshift has an incredible sense of creating smooth transitions that I’ve not heard from a band before. More often than not, when a band or artist is trying to put more than one idea, sound, technique into a song, it’s jarring and fails. Badly.
Redshift soars beautifully.
They understand the highs and lows of an instrument, differentiating styles and technique, and undertones and how to seamlessly tie them together in cohesive track after cohesive track.
Honestly, as a music fan, it’s pretty damn impressive. It’s also fun. Not to just listen to, but to also be able to pick and pinpoint these various ideas and aspects and have a eureka moment about a song or a particular section of a song.
For me, when listening to Laws of Entropy, I am reminded musically of Rush and vocally of Geddy Lee at times and then there are times where I hear Pink Floyd or Primus and Les Claypool’s bass thumping at my soul. Like both icons and their frontmen, Redshift’s music is complex and played effortlessly though I highly doubt it’s effortless to play. It’s the epitome of prog rock.
It’s the epitome of good music.
Laws of Entropy is a wonderful and epic journey into the pure and glorious madness of what it’s like to be a young adult in the world today.
Listen to Laws of Entropy wherever you get new music.
MUST LISTEN TRACKS: “Blueshift”, “Singularity”
FAVOURITE TRACKS: “Discovery”, “Civilisation”