Midlands based rockers Blue Origin have already been getting rave reviews (so I hear) of their debut album Somnium. So does it live up to the hype? It pretty much does.
There seems to be quite an almost medical theme to this album with tracks such as “Sick”, “Take Your Pills” and “Junkie” being included however it’s far from sterile. It sticks to the tried and tested hard rock formula of massive riffs to begin with but as you work your way through the album there’s something a little different about it. Something almost eerie.
When I listen to music for review, I make a conscious effort not to read other reviews and avoid reading any press releases that may be attached to an album until after my first listen. This means I can form my own opinions and derive my own meanings from an album which may or may not be the same as the intended meaning of the artist. To me, this album is a journey through the mind of someone who’s a little disturbed and broken and you never quite find out if they become fixed. It really struck a chord with me.
Surprisingly, one of my favourite tracks on the album is a slower one called “Make Me”. It has all the elements of a cheesy ballad but just doesn’t wind up sounding that way. It’s actually a really pretty tale of how another person can make another feel complete done in a really understated way.
The last of the album is stunning and a genius move as an album closer. It provides a tranquil tonic to the thundering riffs that make up most of the track listing. With an air of melancholy and almost post apocalyptic sound, you can imagine this being a soundtrack to something like The Walking Dead. It’s a no frills instrumental with a haunting piano and simple chords. Delicious.
Somnium is an excellent display of versatility and shows that you don’t have to go for an all out assault on the ear drums if you’re a hard rock band (although massive rock riffs are still present on this album, they’re not the ones that grabbed me). You can do depth and meaning too. If you made a movie mixing Silent Hill and The Walking Dead, this would be the soundtrack. Refreshingly different.
- Take Your Pills
- Blur the Lines
- Whatever Happened
- Make Me
- Don’t Hold On
- (A) Wake