Listen To the Self Titled EP
Hailing from Victoria, BC, Sonderous is a four-piece musical maelstrom of rage and sympathy. Crushingly heavy riffs make way for crystalline serenity, all while potent lyrics dig into the minds of listeners. This all adds up to an experience that has more than enough bite to back up its considerable bark. Dueling guitars trade licks and provide soaring harmonies while a thunderous rhythm section churns out a rolling, ever-evolving backdrop. The tactful arrangements ensure that each instrument has plenty of moments to shine, and you’ll be treated to some of the best playing BC has to offer. You’ll lose yourself in pensive soundscapes only to find yourself crashing back down to earth under the weight of powerful waves of impeccably orchestrated riffs and time-bending breakdowns. However, throughout all its musical acrobatics, Sonderous never loses sight of the pathos that makes its music so impactful. Take a moment to soak in the lyrical content on tap and you’ll find a deep well of contemplative commentary on everything from the state of the world to the human condition. These songs have a lot to say. Walking the fine line between mind-meltingly complex and intuitively digestible, Sonderous has something for all kinds of listeners. From ethereal ambience to raging dynamism, it’s a wild ride. Buckle up.
With the release of their self titled EP, Sonderous brings a new feel to some classic genres. Lush with addicting progressions and guitar work, an edgy but soulful vocal approach, and a persistent, hard hitting energy, the record boasts the aesthetic of Progressive Metal anthems. Although the songs are diverse from one another, there is a glue that holds them all together much like a concept album would. Most importantly, the album never loses sight of the emotional platform great songs are built from.
The first single, “Picture Perfect”, is an instant melodic metal classic. Complete with a sonic wall of sound that builds, loads of musical hooks, and a chorus that shows strength, the song seems to breathe as it plays on.
“It is easy to think the song is just about vanity, but to say so would be to overlook the specifics.. The song is about holding on to a ‘picture perfect’ image of one’s self and so missing out on who they are and what makes them happy. One’s true happiness may end up looking different then the image they may have seen in their head beforehand.” explains vocalist Tyrell Beal of the band’s single.
Although the single does speak volumes for the EP, to get a real understanding for where Sonderous is coming from, it should be heard in its entirety.
“The record tackles ideas surrounding relationships, be it between two people, romantic or not, between one and one’s self, between one and all other life etc. The idea of self image merely scratches the surface of these concepts. That being said, we are excited to start to hear how others interpret the songs. The sound is definitely becoming something different as we move beyond the EP but for now you’ll have to come to a live show to tell what we mean by that.” says the band of their EP and songwriting approach.
Playing shows regularly around Vancouver Island, the band is certainly not new to spreading the music through live performance.
The “Sonderous EP is now available for streaming and downloads on most major digital outlets. The band continues to play shows through out Vancouver Island and has begun spreading the word across the pond as well with their first shows in the Vancouver area starting to pop up as well. Work on the first full length Sonderous album is underway. Some of the new material is exclusively heard (for the time being) at live shows only. Keep an eye out if you are on the west coast.. there will likely be a show near you soon...
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