Unsigned / Self-released
Words: Craig Hartranft
For the life of me, I don't know what possessed me to download the press promo package for The World State's debut album, Traced Through Dust And Time. I know the download was during the day, so there was no alcohol involved. Call it a momentary lapse of reason.
The World State is a Danish band created by principal composer Leifur Nielsens. According to press material, he's been working on the songs for this album for six years. I'm guessing he doesn't have much of a social life. The music within Traced Through Dust And Time can basically be called melodic progressive art rock. It consists mostly of atmospheric riffage and synths and the voice of female vocalist Bina Rosenvinges. She's alright. She sings with a clean melodic style, but you can't understand most anything she says. Ms. Rosenvinges seems more the siren upon the sea of music than anything else.
As for the songs and music, to start, the first two and half songs sound, following the aforementioned description, pretty much the same and droning along. Then in the second half of the The Strangest Places, the third song, the pace quickens (thank you, God), and then turns into merry-go-round music. From here it doesn't get much better or more interesting. Mostly it gets somber, dark, and downright depressing. there are spots of liveliness within Faith, Hope, and The End Of The World and Everything Change, the latter with some sharp guitar in the middle. But the title track and From Oblivion are the soundtrack for a Zoloft overdose.
Then, another way to describe The World State's Traced Through Dust And Time is modify my original description: this depressing despondent melodic progressive art rock. But thankfully, I'm a generally happy guy. After two listens, I didn't have to make an appointment with a shrink. But if you're on anti-depressants or have had thoughts of suicide, you might not want to listen to this music.
The World State's Traced Through Dust And Time is depressing and despondent melodic progressive art rock. Surgeon General's Warning: If you're on anti-depressants or have had thoughts of suicide, you might not want to listen to this music.
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