Sonic Debris - Sonic Debris

Year of Release: 1999
Label: Independent
Catalog Number: n/a
Format: CD
Total Time: 19:46:00

This is the Norwegian prog rockers Sonic Debris', third demo and their best to date. Originally formed in 1995, [they were] then [known] by the name Blindfold. Blindfold released two demos before the band changed their name to Brave New World, but shortly after the release of the third demo, the band had to change their name again, and are now known as Sonic Debris. The 5-piece is now negotiating a deal with Zizania management, which have quite a few interesting bands in the stable.

Although being categorised as a prog rock/metal band, I will say that they lean more towards the rockier side of prog than metal. The band lists bands such [artists] as King Crimson, King's X, Faith No More and Mahavishnu Orchestra as their influences, and there are plenty of elements from these bands to be found, although Sonic Debris is in no way a rip-off. In fact, they have developed their own style, which blends influences from old prog legends with a more modern rock style. The songs are based around the good mid-ranged vocals of Rune Sørheim, which come across very melodic and emotional. The band as a whole is competent and tight, where all members shine on their respective instruments. The melody-lines are very melodic and accessible, with a slight commercial sense. I have to admit that some of the laid-back verses are simply awesome. The songs are varied and change from slow atmospheric parts to more aggressive and energetic parts. The songwriting and composing is very good and well worked through, although a couple of the songs might need a final polish before a full album. If I had to put my finger on anything it would be track number 5, which is not really a song, more like an internal joke I guess; what's up with that one folks? I have to admit that I'm impressed by the production of this demo as it was done in just one weekend. The sound is good and clear, where every instrument is present. I think that Sonic Debris is a very talented band and has a lot to offer, considering their original sound. I'm really excited to see what they can do with the help from Zizania and the upcoming CD. I'm excited to see if they can maintain the same quality throughout a full-length CD.

If you are into prog rock or rock with a progressive edge, with melodic songs and an original identity, Sonic Debris might just be your cup of tea. Check them out!

[This review originally appeared May 2003 at the ProgPower Online review site (though was written before even then) -ed.]

New Horizon (3:40) / Virtual Steps (3:58) / Dead Man (5:14) / My Aching Pain (5:42) / [untitled] (1:09)

Tommy Nilsen - guitar
Rune Soerheim - vocals
Per Morten Bergseth - drums
Knut Bergaust - bass
Jan Petter Ringvold - synths, Hammond organ

Beside Me (demo)
Blindfold (demo)
Sonic Debris (demo) (1999)
Velvet Thorns (2000)

Genre: Progressive-Power Metal

Origin NO

Added: February 20th 2005
Reviewer: Bjørnar Bevolden
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Language: english


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