Calibro 35 Crosses Musical Boundaries On Its Seventh Full-Length Studio Recording

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Calibro 35 apparently is a group that does not rest easy on its laurels.  The veteran musical collective will release its latest full-length studio recording Jan. 24, less than a year after the group released its sixth album Decade.  The group’s forthcoming collection of songs, titled Momentum, is a wonderful jumping on point for any audiophile who may be less familiar with the veteran outfit’s work than its more seasoned fans.  It is a work that will easily appeal to fans of acts, such as Jagajazzist, Gorillaz and Handsome Boy Modeling School with its largely instrumental makeup.  Save for two songs, the 10-song, 38-minute record is largely composed of instrumental compositions that boast a variety of elements and styles.  One of the most notable of those instrumental compositions comes late in the album’s run in the form of the song ‘Thunderstorms and Data.’  For all that ‘Thunderstorms and Data’ offers audiences, its follow-up, ‘Black Moon (ft. Mei)’ – one of the record’s only tracks with vocals – offers its own share of entertainment and engagement.  ‘Death of Storytelling,’ which comes early in the record’s run is another of the album’s many instrumental tracks.  It stands on its own merits just as much as the other songs addressed here.  When it and those songs are considered along with the rest of the album’s entries, the record in whole proves itself to be an early candidate for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new hip-hop/rap albums and best overall new albums.

Veteran music collective Calibro 35’s members recently said of the group’s forthcoming seventh album Momentum, that it “is the prequel of what you will hear in the next ten years” from the group.  If that is the case, then considering the fact that the band has already released six other albums prior to this record, it is a strong statement about where the group is headed.  That is proven in part late in the album in the song ‘Thunderstorms and Data.’  This full-on experimental opus is one of the album’s strongest points, opening with some gentle chimes that very quickly give way to a semi-brooding keyboard line that easily lends itself to comparisons to works from the likes of Daft Punk.  Those electronic elements are accompanied by – believe it or not – some distinct jazz elements and even some hip-hop elements throughout the course of the song’s nearly four-minute run.  The combination of those elements and their subtleties couples with the song’s different movements to make the composition in whole a clear example of what makes Momentum a sign of Calibro 35’s forward momentum.  It is just one of the songs that stands out in this album.  ‘Black Moon (ft. Mei)’ stands strong on its own merits just as much as ‘Thunderstorms and Data.’

‘Black Moon (ft. Mei)’ is one of only two tracks featured in Momentum that includes vocals with its musical content.  The song’s musical content, with it guitar, bass and drums, boasts some old school soul and funk influence while also presenting some more modern hip-hop and rap elements alongside those soul and funk elements.  The collective of those elements makes the song’s musical content alone more than enough reason to take in the song.  The lyrical content that partners with the noted musical content adds even more engagement and entertainment to the whole of the song.

Mei presents some distinctly positive vibes in the song’s lead verse, making statements, such as “ready more than ready for this rhythm” and “navigate these streets though they murky.”  She adds in the lead verse, “Never stop ‘cause our enemies are thirsty/Survive off the power that’s in we.”  Mei’s flow in the song’s second verse is so fluid that trying to follow her without a lyrics sheet is next to impossible.  That is meant in the best way possible.  However, what can be inferred through what can be understood, is that the song’s second verse presents more positive lyrical vibes from Mei.  That being considered along with the positive message in the song’s lead verse and the infectious grooves in the song’s musical arrangement, the whole of this work serves to show even more why Calibro 35’s forthcoming seventh album is on course to be a big hit for the group on both sides of the Atlantic.

‘Black Moon (Ft. Mei)’ goes a long way to entertain and engage audiences on Calibro 35’s latest album, just as does ‘Thunderstorms and Data.’  While the two noted songs do a lot to prove why Momentum is an enjoyable new offering from the group, they are only two of the songs featured in the record that serve to show its appeal.  ‘Death Of Storytelling,’ which comes early in the album’s run, is yet another example of the album’s strength.  The song clearly boasts its own hip-hop influence.  At the same time though, the use of the guitar to build on the song’s foundation added to that element gives the song a while new feeling and identity.  The coupling of the elements makes the song sound like something that would serve well as the music bed for a song by Eminem or Mike Shinoda.  That is meant in the absolutely most respectful manner possible toward all involved.  The feeling in the arrangement, the tempo and the balance of the elements – including the keyboards – makes the song in whole one of the record’s most moving moments and most memorable in turn.  It truly leaves a lasting impression and is deserving of being one of the album’s singles along with the other two songs addressed here.  When it is considered with those songs and the rest of the album’s entries, the end result is a work that proves without doubt, Calibro 35 still has plenty of its own momentum.

Calibro 35’s seventh full-length studio recording Momentum is a strong new offering from the veteran music collective.  One would think that seven albums in, any act would be showing some signs of wear and tear.  That is especially the case when the group has been recording and touring for a dozen years.  In the case of this group though, this record shows that the group has no plans to slow down any time soon.  The mostly instrumental compositions that make up the record’s body show that this group can easily hold its own against its American counterparts.  That is due to the diversity of the arrangements and the clear time and thought put into each arrangement.  Whether in the songs addressed here or through the record’s other entries, the album in whole proves to be an early, easy candidate for any critic’s list of the year’s top new albums overall.  More information on the album is available online now along with all of the group’s latest news at:










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Linkin Park Proves It’s Quite Alive And Well On New LP

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“Living Things” is the album for which Linkin Park’s fans have waited for so long.  The success behind this new record lies believe it or not in the band’s previous record, “A Thousand Suns.”  That record was met to mixed reaction from both fans and critics alike.  But to the band’s credit, while it may have been a gamble, the band should be commended for going out on a limb with that release and taking a chance.  In crafting that album, the band learned from it and used it in the creation of this album.  Where the band might have been uncertain of itself with “A Thousand Suns”, it’s obvious that it’s far surer of itself this time out.

“Living Things” kicks off with a familiar sound in ‘Lost in The Echo.’  This song will take long time fans back to the days of its 2000 debut, ‘Hybrid Theory.’  At the same time though, there is also more of ‘A Thousand Suns’ mixed in with this song, too, musically speaking.  The keyboards and electronics mixed in with Mike Shinoda’s rapping and Chester Bennington’s powerhouse vocals show just how far the band has come during the course of its career.  Set against the song’s story makes it that much more of a powerful opening.  Bennington plays a supporting role to Shinoda here as Shinoda writes, “Cause I was there saying…No/You can’t tell ‘em all now/I don’t back up/I don’t’ back down/I don’t fold up and I don’t bow/I don’t roll over/Don’t know how/I don’t care where the enemies are/Can’t be stopped/All I know/Go hard/Won’t forget how I got this far/For every time saying…”  The way Shinoda delivers these lines, there’s a certain energy that really captures the determination that he’s trying to get across.  And Bennington’s declaration that, “This time I finally let you go” adds to that energy.  It all comes together for a song that is a perfectly fitting re-introduction for the band.

Bennington shows that his vocal chops are as strong as ever in ‘Lost in The Echo.’  In the album’s lead single, ‘Burn It Down’, he shows that while he has powerhouse vocals, he also has quite the control of his instrument, too with the mix of gentility and power throughout this song.  Again, the mix of keyboards shows an influence from the band’s more recent release than anything earlier.  And yet again because of that, it shows how much the band has grown as a unit and how far it has come. 

Linkin Park has shown how much it has grown as a unit on this new record.  There’s also a sign of hope for fans of Fort Minor, too.  ‘Until It Breaks’ is a solid piece that’s reminiscent of Shinoda’s work on “A Thousand Suns.”  It’s also something that would easily fit into a new Fort Minor LP.  Add in production by legendary producer Rick Rubin, and fans get one more great addition to an already solid record.

Linkin Park has come a long way from the “musical gold rush of 2000.”  But with the release of this new record, the band has shown that while so many other bands have gone by the wayside since then, it is standing tall and proud.  And if this new record is any indication, Linkin Park still has plenty left to offer its fans.

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