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Thomas Giles – Pulse: Review

February 5, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

On February 1, the vocalist/keyboardist of progressive metalcore band Between the Buried and Me, Tommy Rogers (aka Thomas Giles), released his solo album entitled Pulse. This album basically brings the core of BtBaM into a completely contrasting environment. By no means is it of remotely similar style to the main project, but in Pulse, Rogers stays true to himself and creates something truly heartfelt and special.

The Music (rating: A-)

  1. Sleep Shake
  2. Reverb Island
  3. Mr. Bird
  4. Catch & Release
  5. Hamilton Anxiety Scale
  6. Scared
  7. Reject Falicon
  8. Medic
  9. Suspend the Death Watch
  10. Armchair Travel
  11. Hypoxia

Pulse, contrary to BtBaM, is not actually a metal album. It definitely draws influences from the genre (as well as from a wide range of other genres including indie, progressive, electronic, etc.), but it can hardly be considered a metal record. There is a grand diversity in the musical styles, making it a hard album to classify. Most of the songs are heavy with keyboard/synthesizer, especially “Catch & Release”. But mixed in with the tracks are moments of acoustic rock, metalcore, industrial influences, and the list goes on. There seems to be no specified audience in which the album is geared towards; mostly just the open-minded individuals.

Despite the huge span of styles that Pulse encompasses, it is still able to keep consistency and fluency within the album. The tracks are extremely different from one another, but still flow naturally and have a sense of belonging within the record. Even more impressive, all the different styles that Rogers attempts to portray are presented in high quality respective to the genre itself. Those who would dare call Pulse a novelty album are gravely mistaken; it is a worldly masterwork of art.

There is nothing overly technical regarding this album. Most of the appreciation comes from its soulful musicianship and natural inspiration. The album is true to the music and artist. Every song in the album is merely a display between the relationship between the two. Nothing is forced or rushed; “Mr. Bird” and “Hypoxia” are both examples of this, in which patience and indulgence are prime. Pulse is an album rooted deep in the musician’s heart rather than in the hands. However, there are points where the hand-crafting could be improved without any compromising of emotional value. Still, it is a minor flaw heavily overshadowed by its remarkable musical connectivity.

With an album of high quality such as Pulse, it is practically impossible to be disappointed. It showcases a massive collection of musical genres, and does so at an exceptional level. Music very rarely is as emotionally raw and naturally flowing as this album. It does have weaker points throughout the album, but they are minuscule in significance and number. Pulse is not the perfect album, but it definitely has the right idea. It is an absolute recommended for the openly embracing listener.

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  1. February 17, 2011 at 9:56 am

    I love this album. I’ve heard it 5 complete times since getting it 4 days ago.

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