For many new bands, the desire to sound like another more successful band is strong enough to keep them from walking their own path and creating something truly unique. However for LA-based rockers The Shadow Principle, walking their own path is the only obvious road they know. Releasing their inspired, progressive and anthem filled second full-length titled Oblivion, The Shadow Principle is wasting no time with a powerful delivery.
Since every song on this album is worth listening to, I will highlight a few of the very notables that you must listen to as soon as you can; starting with the opening “Minutiae.” This song has an intro for the books. The vocals and lyrics are emotionally charged with both honesty and vulnerability, and for many, this is going to become their instant favorite track from the album.
Another powerful track is the anthem-like song “When the Sun Appears.” This song is less punk, but there are some heavier vocals woven within that help add an edge to an otherwise soft ballad of a song. Everyone on this song plays from the heart, from the vocals to the guitars to the drums, every instrument is played loud and aggressively, and the vocals are made more haunting because of this. A great track through and through.
“Headstrong” is a bit punk, a bit metal; it doesn’t take long to sink its awesome teeth in to the listener. The breaks in the tempo and layering of the tracks are exciting and high energy all the way through, and by the end of the song you simply hit repeat and turn it up.
Every song on Oblivion is well thought out, well played, and well mixed. Every song stands alone on its own, and the vocals are never the same as before. The diversity and inspiration placed within this album should show many new artists how it is supposed to be done if you want to turn some heads. I wouldn’t waste any time picking up this album if you want something new and worthwhile to listen to.