Sonic Bliss begins their â€œLoved to Deathâ€ with â€œSaharaâ€. â€œSaharaâ€ is a confident rock track that has hints of Disturbed and Static-X present, even as the band crafts a unique sound that will easily clue listeners in as to the identify of Sonic Bliss. The band is able to create an iconic sound and shift it up enough through the trackâ€™s six minute run time to keep listeners firmly planted in their seats and eagerly anticipating â€œLoved To Deathâ€â€™s second track, â€œFar Cryâ€. â€œFar Cryâ€ melds the new rock sound first broached during â€œSaharaâ€ with a tried and true eighties metal approach.
The intense guitars and Geoff Tate-like vocal stylings present during this track provides Sonic Bliss with another tool for their arsenal as well as involve fans of older metal acts that may have been on the fence at the end of â€œSaharaâ€. â€œBetter Daysâ€ is a more upbeat type of track for Sonic Bliss, but the song does not move away from the solid musicianship and catchy arrangements of the act. The hopeful sound of the track seems underscored with a creeping dread that goes far beyond in complexity what any similar act has committed to disc. Of all of the tracks on â€œLoved to Deathâ€, the best track comes in â€œHome Againâ€. Whether other tracks had added one new element to the allure of Sonic Bliss, â€œHome Againâ€ does that and more, linking together all of these elements into an incredibly memorable track. There are a number of different paths that one can take during the track, whether it one follow the hooky guitar line that permeates all points, the â€œHell Bent For Leatherâ€ style of the vocals, or the supremely-supportive backing vocals that spice up the beginning of â€œHome Againâ€.
However impressive â€œHome Againâ€ is as a track, Sonic Bliss does not let up through the rest of the album. â€œBabe Iâ€™m Dyingâ€ understands that it has some big shoes to fill, but takes a completely different tack to keep listeners on their feet and include a funkiness to the bandâ€™s hard rock / metal style that has not been heard in any serious quality since the days of Kyuss and Faith No More. â€œSeven Daysâ€ ends â€œLoved to Deathâ€, providing an exclamation point to what was a killer album. However, there are enough twists and turns taken during the track to ensure that Sonic Bliss can begin their next album in countless ways, while keeping the listener base they cultivated during this album. Pick â€œLoved to Deathâ€ up. You will not regret it.
Top Tracks: Far Cry, Home Again
Sonic Bliss â€“ Loved to Death / 2008 Self / 10 Tracks / http://www.sonicbliss.net