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TRACK BY TRACK: Cataclysm by REDSHIFT

REDSHIFT prepare to make their mark with their forthcoming debut album, Cataclysm, which is out this Friday. Rendering influence from a plethora of areas from seventies’ Prog and Classic Rock, to cutting metal and contemporary Prog, REDSHIFT have astutely worked to fuse their influences to create something brave, challenging, and whole-heartedly potent. We asked the band for an exclusive and in-depth breakdown of each of the tracks that make up the album:

OVERTURE – SOMETHING IN THE SKY

The first track is an instrumental introduction to the story. It mainly consists of themes and variations that appear throughout the album. It’s short and fast paced and is a good way to ease you in.

INVASION

This is where the story begins. Musically it feels like a circus of metal with menacing undertones but also has a strong melodic current throughout. This song stays fairly heavy throughout and is a good representation of what we’re like as a band. Check out the track, here – https://youtu.be/D4pqtdOoeFo

CALL TO ARMS

For this track we wanted a shorter, more to the point song that contained the energy, intensity and was still technical in areas. This song is a lot more vocally driven and contains all the power and the relentlessness without losing any of the emotion.

PROMISES

In need of a dynamic change of pace to break up major points in the story. It’s a nice piano piece that sets you up nicely for the heavier, more cinematic half of the album.

FIRE, SMOKE AND THUNDER

The heaviest song on the album. This is the real depiction of the battle between worlds portrayed with the aggressive and darker instrumentation, but it still has the progressive influences that drive us all.

MAY FATE REST UPON YOU

Twined with the last song, this really does represent the beginning of the end. Playful use of time signatures and raw emotional energy. It’s one of the more ambitious songs on the album structurally. It’s a very diverse track that contains some of the lightest and darkest moments.

THE LAST STAND

The most technical song on the album with plenty of twists and turns. 80’s slap bass, 70’s Camel inspired organ. Right at the very end the protagonist has got what he wanted but at a big cost and this is reflected as it drifts into the calming and emotional Promises reprise. It’s our prog feast and a satisfying conclusion to the story.

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