Thomas Giles – Modern Noise


Artist

Album

Modern Noise

Label

Metal Blade Records

Year

2014

Genre

For Fans Of

Depeche Mode - Radiohead - Nine Inch Nails

Summary

A quirky collection of everything from pop rock to electro-gothic sounds.

Rating

70 / 100

Between the Buried and Me‘s Tommy Rogers has been working on his side project, Thomas Giles, for a few years now and has certain proven and equally extended his musical abilities through the endeavour. From his well-received debut release, ‘Pulse’, which contained some electrifying tracks, to his latest release ‘Modern Noise’ we see a strong progression. The creative control that the solo project allows has worked in the musician’s favour making this sophomore offering a release with expectations to meet.

Starting with the beautiful and atmospheric ‘Wise and Silent,’ complete with light, calming keyboards, it’s a very dreamy song. At just over three minutes, the track has no vocals but rather starts the record off in a trance-like state before we head into ‘Mutilated World’, which offers the listener a greater rock vibe with layering that shows off how far Rogers instrumental skills have come.

Modern Noise‘ largely follows a pop-rock kind of vibe, but we also see some interesting variation. Tracks like ‘Blueberry Queen’ hold a bluesy vibe while ‘We Wander Lonely’ takes influence from a larger gothic sound and ‘The Devil Net’ calls on a dark sound with its synths.

If you listened to his previous solo album, you know that Rogers is a big fan of musical variation and utilising a range of collective influences. However, unlike his previous album, which seemed to lack some cohesion at times, these songs manage to fit together and are structured brilliantly.

The full-length is essentially a very different and intriguing one. The sounds are hard to explain but this is one you will either love completely or hate. Either way, the BTBAM member has come a long way and there has no doubt been a noticeable improvement in his skill set making the album great on a technical level.

Conclusion

‘Modern Noise’ is structurally a solid album and shows off a lot of Thomas Giles’ musical attributes. The album is unique in its own way and honestly rather strange. But that can be a good thing. It is likely to divide fans but, either way, you have to hand it to the musician for trying something different and producing a technically skilled album.

Tracklisting

1. Wise And Silent

2. Mutilated World

3. Siphon The Bad Blood

4. I Appear Disappear

5. Blueberry Queen

6. We Wander Lonely

7. M3

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9. Noise Upon

10. Wander Drug

11. The Devil Net

12. Modern Noise

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