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Third International – Oblivion
Score: 4/5 Stars
Progressive music project Third Internation feat. Andrew Pearson seems to making all the right moves. Make no mistake about it: he’s becoming a household name around some Progressive Rock blogs and reviews I’ve been reading. This latest release entitled “Oblivion” 2 includes a few impressive songs. Third International is a three piece featuring: Szaboles Szenasi (Drums, Sampling, Machine Patterns), Enrique Mancia (Bass), and Brian Battersby (Audio Sampling) and Andrew Pearson (vocals, guitar, Synth and Moog).
An artist like Pearson is not about them as much it’s about rebellious movement or mentality. Before II get the impression Third International ls influenced by the likes of Pink Floyd no doubt but I can also hear OSI, Gazpacho, Pain of Salvation, John Wesley and Incredible Expanding Mindfuck. Third International more than likely is inspired by the post Prog scene, and what was I call Cold Wave, and bands that broke new ground like NIN, Spock’s Beard, Katatonia and Haken. It has an English flavour to it mind you. It also absorbs the contribution of Industrial bands. Distorted guitars blend with synthesizers, and drums blend with drum machines. Being on a global platform would allow him to do so much good for the genres. Straight away it’s clear this 11 song CD is an imaginative return to passion filled Electronic Rock fused with the better musical touches of today Hard Alternative Rock. Third International reminds me of Downface, Kyuss, and even Sisters of Mercy. It’s true much of today’s music has many people feeling of bit of soullessness – how appropriate I get a CD as explosive and mysterious as this. As a composer/programmer/singer/songwriter Pearson is a bit of a musical genius. All 11 tracks clearly put on display his experience in all of the above areas. The album begins in hooky fashion with the magnificent ‘Helix” a crisp raid on the senses, laden with hooks and impressive Saxophone and vocal front. The only surprise is that it wasn’t a single on Prog-Rock stations around the country, as it is radio friendly of the highest order. ‘Lay Down” follows and is a maze-like musical journey that whips the mind around like a wild tornado. The melodic guitar solidifying what could have been a hard rock number if tailored slightly differently. ‘Word” and my top pick “Formaldehyde” makes for two great closers with its exceptionally deep message and priceless feel.
In the end Third International headed up by Andrew Pearson is a real breath of fresh air and a shock to everyday musical system presently in place. Pearson and company unleash everything curve ball prog-rock stands for. I really want to get my hands on his past material. Out of the whole album, a few songs are in the category of brilliant, 1 of them are good, and none wanting to skip in rotation. I wouldn’t be surprised if Third International continues to get more popular in the circles of Prog-rock as 2016 unfolds.
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Third International – Oblivion
Third International – Oblivion
In our modern age of Rap synths and autotune it can be difficult to find the top seeds among the harvest. What makes masters like Blur, The Good, the Bad & The Queen, Massive Attack and Daft Punk so sought after? Sure they sound good, they look good, the feel good. But above that they got something else. They got what many in the industry call X-Factor. So what is X-Factor anyway? It’s just something deep within their spirit that breaks the mold when compared to other artists. They stand out in a good way and transfer well into the hearts and minds of music fans all over the world. Where am I going all with this? New York presents Third International Andrew Pearson (vocals, guitar, Synth and Moog) and Szaboles Szenasi (Drums, Sampling, Machine Patterns), Enrique Mancia (Bass), and Brian Battersby (Audio Sampling) has much in the way of X-Factor. With their new release, Oblivion this English born artist has moved away from the electronic rock pacing of today’s crappy radio thus producing 11 hot new unique tracks that more closely resemble progressive-rock-pop in terms of length and musical form. Just look at the album cover visually as a prelude to what’s to come audibly.
First about Third International: The band was formed, in 2010 as a vehicle for my songs. I wrote and performed around the world for many years, took a couple decades off and found myself inspired by the new music that was coming out. I had a lot to say, having lived an interesting an full life. There have been many talented individuals pass through on the way to now. Guys who’ve played with the likes of King Crimson, Foreigner, Dr. John, Beyonce, Henry Gross, Coldplay, Billy Cobham, Larry Coryell, Dave Sanborn all came and contributed. The current lineup has been together nearly two years, played several shows and produced numerous videos and an album, O.B.L.I.V.I.O.N.
With the impressively lead off track “Helix” this CD keeps it real with tasty rock grooves that decree power which exudes confidence to the masses. 2 more impressive songs are “Ancestor Dance” and “Master Strange” defiantly worth mentioning, while “Barograph” and Formaldehyde” are clearly melodic standouts. What’s more “Chemical Eyes” “Lay Down” offer instrumentally rich sets with pseudo-apocalyptic messages with an impressive vocal front from Pearson. Don’t get me wrong this isn’t an overwhelmingly dark CD by any means, because it’s got its fair share of truthful, rough and tumble subject matter. Case in point pieces like “Never Would Have Brought You Flowers” which will even calm the tormented soul. “Oblivion” by Third International really demonstrates a deeper side of music and even a sense of hope evident through a transparent exploration of yearning and feeling negative yet boldly honest about ones self and correlation to the universe and the unknown in general. He reminds me of SONOIO, How to Destroy Angels, and Modwheelmood and Pink Floyd. All brought to life with hauntingly detailed musical layers, steady rhythmic pulsation and addictive vocal persuasion on their latest CD.
My favorite track is probably “Formaldehyde” which stand out due to its truthful conviction and dark melody. The mix sounds a bit off kilter and it’s obvious to me his best song is yet to be written based on experience. Despite this on all tracks expect an enticing vocal/guitar approach from Pearson that’s extremely cognizant to the dark side of the soul. He has a lot of very, very, very strong potential if he can take it up a notch with his overall Production quality. I Mean I;ve heard worse quality CD’s All things considered, this is a unique and fundamentally sound CD from a unique and fascinating artist from MY. It’s nice to know within the ranks if millions of independent artists some are capable of delivering something special that sticks true within their own style and artistic expression. All the while touching an occasionally painfully honest collection of beautiful, powerful and intriguing set of songs.
Score: 7/10 Stars
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New York based Third International releases new Album entitled (OBLIVION)
Official URL: http://thethirdinternational.com
The Review: New York based musical 3 piece “Third International just released their latest album entitled “Oblivion” ted Away (2015). This project is led solely by musical visionary Andrew Pearson who wrote the entire score and also played a few instruments on the project. Band is: Andrew Pearson (vocals, guitar, Synth and Moog).Szaboles Szenasi (Drums, Sampling), Enrique Mancia (Bass), and Brian Battersby (Audio Sampling)
The album’s tranquil atmosphere is intensified by wistful lyrics. It is the confused world of thought of the unseen and disillusioned mortal. The listener hears conversations between the conscience and the subconscious, sometimes combative, at other times resigned.
All music on Oblivion was written and performed by Third International lead by English born Andrew Pearson. ‘The album to me feels like a slow, groovy dream, where you never know what to expect round the next bend. And when you wake up, you’re not quite sure of exactly what just happened.’ Pearson has one of those voices that are familiar but yet you can’t quite put your finger on him. The closest I could place it would be Roger Waters.
Music reminds me of Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett, Tweaker, Saul Williams and Perfect Circle. They have received a number of favorable reviews, and accolades thus far in his musical career 2 albums into it.
Oblivion starts off with powerful “Helix” an amazing somewhat upbeat prelude with colorful vocals and fusionist musical approach. Right away you are introduced to the back seat baritone of vocalist Pearson. You can definitely hear the English origin. This band is the perfect setting for a hungry and disgruntled Alternative Rock audience. It’s obvious this music has dark progressive roots and will remind you of King Crimson, and Pink Floyd and of course the forefather of the acid trip himself Syd Barrett. As the album slowly unfolds you will notice a strong progressive rock foundation, painted against a melodic backdrop of sound and touches of guitar, keyboards and some entertaining solos and drum/bass backbone. All of this layered instrumentation really hits home. The well placed background vocals against the full compliment of percussion both compliment each other well. It’s a very powerful sounding CD. On tracks like “Do It Over”, “Barograph”, and “Master Strange” you will hear flawless musical transitions and impressive choral finales that will bring you back to the all too familiar Alternative Rock territory poplar in the 1970’s. Pearson fits into this style of music perfectly as he demonstrates remarkable power and vocal control. He also demonstrates great depth as a writer. As I listened to these songs over and over again, I noticed how fluid all the arrangements were. The whole CD flows so nicely from one moment to the next. Kudos to the amazing lyrical content. The vocals, guitar, and copious synthetic accents really mesh well together.
The Bottom Line: “Oblivion” by Third International will work best when you want a psychedelic retro-rocking catalogue to delicately slip into your soul. All songs could easily be converted into an unplugged type setting. “Oblivion” rounds out an exceptional 11 Track territory and is delivered to us by a driven and talented writer (Andrew Pearson) who definitely has honed his craft over the years.
Purchase Link: http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=10144185
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Third International drops new CD
Three piece New York based band Third International just released his second release to date entitled OBLIVION. The dark inspirations that find their way into his songwriting ensure that Third International will turn heads in gothic rock, electro-metal and industrial communities worldwide. Band consists of Andrew Pearson (vocals, guitar, Synth and Moog).Szaboles Szenasi (Drums, Sampling, Machine Patterns), Enrique Mancia (Bass), and Brian Battersby (Audio Sampling)
Music sounds like: Crowbar, Agalloch, Satyricon, And Acid Bath, Bass Communication, Riverside, The Pineapple Thief, Opeth.
“O.B.L.I.V.I.O.N.” as you would expect is a carefully crafted 11 track musical journey through the forbidden forest that is Andrew Pearson’s psyche – and yes he can go deep. CD showcasing Electronic based Rock and Progressive artisanship at its best. The end result creates a foundation for memorable, clairvoyant group of songs. There are clear-defined messages sure to have a not so positive but powerful impact on many listeners. One of the things I really like about this project is despite the dark rock overtones it manage keep the themes relatively pure steering clear of the ridiculous and over the top keeper mantra. I am not fascinated by Marilyn Manson one bit – in fact I’m more fascinated with Michael Bolton. You can also hear influences from November’s Doom, Anathema and Bathpry just to name a few. Personally I see Third International as a musical hybrid between Pink Floyd and Perfect Circle. Pearson is originally from the UK. What’s more vocals from Pearson possess an inviting timber that will be sure to attract many. Pearson is clearly a marquee talent and has a strong yet striking visuals for Third International brand as I spent some time on his FACEBOOK page. He’s played some impressive venues. The first few tracks “Helix”, “Lay Down” and my top pick: “Barograph” set the preliminary mood well. “Master Strange” deserves an honorable mention as well and “Liar” reminds me of Poisonback. “Formaldehyde” is one of the best songs on the CD and is towards the end. All tracks really bring out the dazzling plying abilities of this composer to light.
Many tracks have excessive musical meandering and are too long – Pearson needs to cut to the chase as a composer on some songs and end them in a timely manner. I’m not a fan of excessive intros and outros.
Overall, this latest release from Third International pulls out all the stops and will bring nothing but intriguing melancholy darkness for your musical status quo. The CD is fully loaded with musical movements and twists and turns that will intrigue. I do recommend you listen to the album on headphones to heighten the experience. “OBLIVION” by “Third International” is filled with much in the way of integrity, passion, amazing writing and arranging solid guitar solos and a brilliant writing style coupled with the amazing lyrics. All this and more makes Third International lead by Andrew Pearson a hot commodity from NY.
Third International – OBLIVION
Posted on January 28, 2016 by mrhodes
Third International – OBLIVION
Third International are a 3 member band from New York consisting of Andrew Pearson (vocals, guitar, Synth and Moog).Szaboles Szenasi (Drums, Sampling, Machine Patterns), Enrique Mancia (Bass), and Brian Battersby (Audio Sampling). This is an interesting musical project who just released their latest work entitled “Oblivion” in 2015.
Their sound is a hybrid of contemporary classic rock with today’s progressive alt-rock and even avant-garde psychotic rock/folk-esque instrumentation. First a bit about Pearson and the band. The band was formed, in 2010 as a vehicle for my songs. I wrote and performed around the world for many years, took a couple decades off and found myself inspired by the new music that was coming out. I had a lot to say, having lived an interesting an full life. There have been many talented individuals pass through on the way to now. Guys who’ve played with the likes of King Crimson, Foreigner, Dr. John, Beyonce, Henry Gross, Coldplay, Billy Cobham, Larry Coryell, Dave Sanborn all came and contributed. The current lineup has been together nearly two years, played several shows and produced numerous videos and an album, O.B.L.I.V.I.O.N.
He delivers a psychedelic, 70s-style neo-classic progressive rock project with a wide range of influences. I could be wrong but I can hear The Doors, ELP, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, Jason Lytle, YoLa Tango, Suede and King Crimson for sure. The songwriting aims to promote more “truth be told” messages than is common in rock these days while not holding back at all from rocking out, or reducing the songs to a sanitized version. The first 5 tracks burst this album to life with well-appointed movements, progressive rock vibe and foreboding vocals. Also present are tight harmonies and consistent groove-ridden rhythm section. In my opinion this project features 2 main instruments players – voice and guitar. To me these 2 personify the core Third International sound. Again the primaries here are Vocals and Guitar. All 2 are finely balanced within the mix. The vocal range of Pearson especially appealing higher register, is artfully defined while still layered quite nicely within the pocket. He has much to offer insofar as passion, grit and power without falling into the vocalist-with-supporting-arrangement trap. With marquee tracks like “Master Strange”, “Helix” and “Formaldehyde” one can’t help but admire how these 2 instruments are distributed masterfully in the forefront within this 11 track CD.
Sure there are other instruments present but I am talking about the musical core. This is a true to form old school progressive rock that successfully captures the vintage songwriting virtuoso of Pearson. Throughout all pieces one will notice a tragic-sweetness and blooming hooks all the while maintaining an intimate conservative feel. “Oblivion” is undeniably progressive based with a dark feel to it courtesy of this demographic. Also present are exotic beat and electronic based percussion, infectious vocal feel, and honey coated synth-keyboard flavoring. Many songs on this album are more than ripe for all the old school rockers out there. In “Helix” there is no overdubbing or disappointingly amateurish mixing with a disingenuous attempt in making a hit record. These are high-quality, clean recordings that balances out both natural and midi sounds flawlessly. The music though effective is not up to the level of some of the more-hookier styles of music out there.
Third International has a great deal of potential for widespread appeal, as these three pick up steam this year. As a whole, it’s an impressive CD. This CD may not be for you if you just got fired or divorced, but regardless of any of that “Oblivion” proves that with continued dedication via a powerful slew of songs a dream can be fully realized regardless of how upbeat it is.
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Official rating: 3.5/5
Third International releases new music
Third International releases new music
Primary URL: http://thethirdinternational.com
First off I’m a metal head. Apparently I’ve never heard rock music with a singular and primary vocalists/songwriter before, that is until now. I imagine the reason being is because there’s a somewhat limited market for this kind of music and subsequent buying minority. Indeed many feel solid musicianship is a dying art form in music as Power Pop and Rap dominate the airwaves with music that is for the most part – well not very real. But regardless of how you feel about Pop, or even Rap strong musicianship has remained strong and resultant over the years primarily in Jazz. However I must admit there is a resurgence of this type of music in bands like Dave Matthews Band, Phish and Tool. As a result its subsequent movements cannot be denied its place in our world. So I’m willing to give New York based Third International a College try.
This 3 piece band is lead by Andrew Pearson (vocals, guitar, Synth and Moog) who was born in the UK and Came to the US many years ago. Other band members are: Szaboles Szenasi (Drums, Sampling, and Machine Patterns), Enrique Mancia (Bass), and Brian Battersby (Audio Sampling). Clearly one the more unique and unorthodox success stories stemming from New York lately. They have been making a name for themselves around that region with his whacked out sound and clever musical antics. This latest work, looking at the cover art renders a mysterious, thought provoking first impression. This album is oh-so appropriately titled and is a true to form return of crazy writing style wrapped around insane asylum lyrics and playing style with a Progressive feel that flows. It’s passionate, intricate music but goes well beyond decent chops. You can tell 2 minutes into Track 1 “Helix” the seamless timing, straight forward electric guitar playing, and well honed movement you might be in for something truly special. Track 2 “Lay Down” should be a song featured on the Video Game and “Do It Over” and “Barograph” are both freaking off the hook good. Every track, every arrangement, every note on this album is seamlessly blend of the Andrew Pearson’s musical craft. It’s really testament to who he is – himself.
It’s obvious that there’s probably a cult fanbase out there totally in love with this guy right now. In fact I will admit I love this band and everything Pearson attempts to sing and represent – casual yet striking observations really. Remember my first paragraph? Here’s one artists that has the courage to write, play and release music that goes a bit against the grain but will remind you just how bad modern day music has really gotten. In fact in this age of Kardashian-esqe entertainment I got to hand it to a guy like Pearson who is the fruit of what many have been longing for. As a newcomer, I strongly suggest you take on “Oblivion” via the below hyperlink. First as foundation pieces I would advise “Barograph”, “Master Strange” and “Word” For more progressive based music I recommend “Master Strange”, “Chemical Eyes” and “Formaldehyde.” Building familiarity within this style one walks away feeling like they listened to something a little truer than accustomed. If you’re a new or old rocker, then odds are you will love Third International. If you not familiar with this style of music will feel yourself become quickly acclimatized to it.
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Third International – ‘O.B.L.I.V.I.O.N.’
by Skope • January 29, 2016
Third International is an interesting project from New York but has roots in England. The band was formed, in 2010 as a vehicle for my songs. I wrote and performed around the world for many years, took a couple decades off and found myself inspired by the new music that was coming out. I had a lot to say, having lived an interesting an full life. There have been many talented individuals pass through on the way to now. Guys who’ve played with the likes of King Crimson, Foreigner, Dr. John, Beyonce, Henry Gross, Coldplay, Billy Cobham, Larry Coryell, Dave Sanborn all came and contributed. The current lineup has been together nearly two years, played several shows and produced numerous videos and an album, O.B.L.I.V.I.O.N.
Band members are: Szabolcs Szenasi (Drums, Sampling, Machine Patterns), Enrique Mancia (Bass), and Brian Battersby (Audio Sampling) and Andrew Pearson (vocals, guitar, Synth and Moog).
Enter Pearson originally from England traverses a vale of desperate melancholy on his new album Oblivion. A musical tragedy leads the listener into a world of schizoid nightmares, maudlin delusions and trampled love, a life at odds with humanity and its endless insanity. Following albums with dark guitar soundscapes. Oblivion is and experimental Electronic-Alt-Rock the do-it-yourselfer masterpiece of sorts. The album containing (11) Tracks is extremely dramatic and suspenseful. It has a very quirky-dark quality to it as well The intro track “Helix” gives you the impression as if you were in some noir college film. The really dark, yet emotional charged guitar and vocals leaves you breathless. I like the industrial ending. The music reminiscent of acts such as Julianna Barwick, Ben Frost and Oneohthrix, and King Crimson. Pearson has really strong tonality foundation coupled with unusual rhythms, hypnotic guitar and spaced out goodness. The vocals and lyrics are interesting borderline fascinating. Without a doubt, it’s impossible to deny the superiority of this artist consisting of Pearson and his 2 member band. Imagine King Crimson and Pink Floyd having a bay – now you get right? Pearson’s sound. It’s epically, quirky and you get this feeling as if you are in a funny nightmare. The drums and the bass lines just help push the album forward, and the vibe, if you pay attention carefully, has a really odd, mysterious, X-File sort of vibe. As the CD evolves it showcases some dramatic combinations or Folk like guitar and Electonica overtones on tracks like “”Barograph” and “Liar.” The drum/synth/vocal combos have an important role on some pieces as well. On many these tracks as a producer Pearson andBrian Battersby is clearly in charge of giving the mood assigning to each song. The addition of the ambient tidbits every now and then gives many song a rock based with ambient/eletronica touches.
I suppose my favorite track is by far “Helix.”
In conclusion, here’s a CD release I’ve been dying to get my hands on for a while. I was just unable to stumble across Third International until today. It’s also very subliminal, and a grand concept that’s sure to get many peoples attention. From the production level, to the musicianship involved, Oblivion by Third International delivers in grand fashion. Let’s also give credit to the evil genius behind all this shall we? With the advent of Pearson’s superlative signature sound via his trademark moniker (Third International) everything here works terrifically well. It will keep you in a state of wonder from start to finish.
Rating 4/5 Stars
The Roots Music Authority says:
Third International Is Back!
by Cyurs Rhodes
January 28, 2016
Formed by Andrew Pearson in 2010 the band earned a reputation for creative musicianship and an individual style, encompassing may genres, from pop to blues to alternative to psychedelic, techno, groove........the list goes on. But as many a reviewer has said, to try to pin down the band is to sell it short. It is much more than any one style. It operates on many levels, creating soundscapes within songs to support a provocative lyrical style that demands attention. The instrumentation is complex for a three piece, involving loops, sampling, Maschine studio beats, guitar synthesizers....all melded to produce a cohesive musical palatte.It is, as Owsley said, The Nowness of Now.
First up Track 1 “Helix” serves up an enticing rhythm guitar groove meshed against hypnotic rhythm section and mesmerizing vocal melody from Pearson. This intro track sets the tone rather well for an unpredictable yet Psychedelic/progressive CD like this - I especially like the musical build to this track. Track 2 “Lay Down” shifts gears a bit with its methodical intro that gradually builds into a passionate yet psychedelic rock statement complete with impassioned vocal presence and a dynamic musical flow that is borderline brilliant. Track 3 “Do It Over” serves up yet another superb track with thought provoking lyrical content that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. As these songs slowly unfolded I could hear many musical influences reminiscent of classic. King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, Peter Gabriel, David Bowie, Moby, Radiohead, Rush, Porcupine Tree. I would classify this music as Progressive Ambient Alternative Rock, with a slight aftertaste of Progressive and Psychedelic musical ambience that is unpredictable and highly entertaining. The songs themselves are addictive, eccentric, fascinating, and very interesting - all reflections of Pearson. One can't notice intellectual, passionate and powerful subject matter delivered between the spoken word, with a heavy dose of raw truth and bi-polar vocal emotion. The musicianship and sampling touches from Pearson are rock solid across the board. Pearson showcases some rock solid production instants throughout. Besides the 4 piece standard you will also notice things like thick low end beats and rhythms, impressive sampling, synthetic sound effects, a few melodic guitar solos, sporadic electronic percussive accents meshed against lush harmonies. Pearson is an accomplished vocalist, composer, producer, arranger within his own right and he is no doubt the musical mastermind behind Third International. He’s not a bad vocalist. Pearson has amazing touch, power, control and intensity throughout. Equally as impressive is the how he makes each song his own making a distinct and strong (singer to listener) vocal connection. Pearson has an appealing timber and crisp, sharp baritone and takes many impressive vocal risks throughout each song. I suspect he has spent some time in England as he sounds like he has a British accent. His voice sounds in the vein of Chris de Burgh, Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) and Adrian Belew (King Crimson) to David Bowie. The songs themselves are reckless, progressive and packed to the hilt with raw intensity and lyrical content straight from the neurotic psyche. Pearson’s vocal style works with respect to this style of music with its stereotypical jagged edge delivery. The music is a little dangerous and not overcompensating in its stature. What I like most about the music is its even keeled intensity, high end intellectualism and strong consistency. All songs are in the extended play format typical of Progressive Rock. Despite this all pieces run their natural course and never feel too winded, never too long. All engineering aspects check out. CD possesses solid low end punch and crystal clear high end clarity. To striking “Lay Down” to hypnotic “Do it Over” to grooving “Barograph” to methodical “Master Strange” to heartfelt “Never Would Have Brought You Flowers” to dark and foreboding “Chemical Eyes” to thought provoking “Liar” this CD has something for just about everyone. CD ends with Track 11 “Formaldehyde” the perfect finale statement for a CD like this.
Pearson surrounds himself with some impressive musicians including Szaboles Szenasi (Drums, Sampling, Machine Patterns), Enrique Mancia (Bass), and Brian Battersby (Audio Sampling) and Andrew Pearson (vocals, guitar, Synth and Moog).
There is no indication within the liner notes who the Recording, Mixing, and Mastering Engineers were. This leads me to suspect all 3 Production stages were done by one individual. Typically to get the most out of your sound I recommend using 3 separate engineers for each phase of Production. Mix is barely above the bar for a DIY type production but there is room for improvement with respect to its high end clarity and solid low end frequency. All songs over 3:30 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line.
In close “Oblivion” by Third International is the best work they’ve put out yet. It’ a highly original, somewhat trippy, unpredictable and fascinating musical experience from start to finish. Although it's primarily alt-rock based you never know what's coming round the corner with this artist. The music is fresh and highly entertaining. Its strong suit – its amazing vocal presence and impressive songwriting finesse by this band led by Andrew Pearson. The songs are extremely melodic, passionate, and captivating and somewhat dark and unpredictable. All these songs have a ring of truth to them. Each song possesses a unique personality, flair, and signature groove. Third International by Andrew Pearson is a a surging musical project for many reasons armed with a brilliant perspective an amazing voice to inspire your vivid imagination. Need I say more?
Artist: The Third International
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Progressive Rock, Ambient Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Progressive Hard Rock
Sounds Like: King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, Peter Gabriel, David Bowie, Moby, Radiohead, Rush, Porcupine Tree
Technical Grade: 9/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 9/10
Commercial Value: 8/10
Overall Talent Level: 10/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Performance Skill: 8/10
Best Songs: Barograph, Helix, Master Strange, Chemical Eyes
Weakness: Engineering Aspects, Winded Songs
VENTS magazine says:
CD REVIEW: Oblivion by Third International
Third International (Andrew Pearson) is on the move. His first release entitled “Beautiful Accident” was released back in 2010. TI has just released their highly anticipated second album: Oblivion. I must admit this style of music doesn’t always translate easily for me. Admittedly, it may be due to some ancient held ideology of what my expectations is from Electronic-based rock music, especially lately.I mean have you listened to the Radio lately? Some of it is an over-reaching. Not that I don’t love this particular style of music mind you, so maybe it’s just that I haven’t been thoroughly exposed to some of the high end material. Many like to call this style of music TI, Trance Dub or Ambient Chill. Indeed many of this was prevalent in 90’s through today but sad to say not it’s got its fair share of critics. However as I delved into this latest release with an open mindset and quickly discovered this is Progressive Rock with touches of Electronica and Ambent tidbits. TI yieldsraw power, all the whileupholding the highest standardswithin this not so saturated genera of Progressive Rock.
Many tracks like “Master Strange”, “Never Would Have Brought You Flowers” are emotional and deeply beat-heavy statements but with just the right amount of variety to keep a balance. The deadly combination of this arsenal of players present,Szabolcs Szenasi (Drums, Sampling, Machine Patterns), Enrique Mancia (Bass), and Brian Battersby (Audio Sampling) and Andrew Pearson (vocals, guitar, Synth and Moog).“Oblivion” delivers a sound that is highly original and fusionist. Some songs on the 11 track format even border on Bluesy-Progressive reminiscent of influences like Dire Straits. In this aspect Pearson is a good guitarist and indeed a musical force to be reckoned with.I get the impression he is in charge of every aspect of this production.
Despite all of the above I feel TI may be overqualified for a Chill/Dub classification. That is why I think Alternative Progressive Rock is a more accurate description of their music. Far from being background music the listener is bluntly invited to immerse themselves into the life-blood pulsations from behind the microphone Pearson also reminds me of Puscifer, Incubus, Pink Floyd, Cold and Alter Bridge. I can even hear Michael Calfan, Tim Berg, CKY, and Thomas Gold. The songs provide the a-typical beats, magnificent twists and turns, even guitar and vocals delivered via a Top Tiered production value. Some moments hit the heart like a ton of brickslike hooky “Formaldehyde” and a few are more emotionally multi-layered but catchy as hell like “Helix” and “Barograph”. “Oblivion” is infectious as hell and rocks the house with its colorful yet aggressive tapestry of overall sound that wrestles your senses into submission.
So it seems all of this is not to be taken too lightly. Perhaps maintaining a healthy sense of excitement about each passing musical second is the key ingredient that makes this music so popular, so addictive. In this aspect I get TI and this second album as it delivers nothing but dark energy and comes straight from the speaker directly to your heart and soul. This style of music is all about the “here and now”, and maximizing all available senses to the process. It’s a thinking man’s rock – a real rarity today
by Rob Owskey