Trvth
Alpha


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by seedofnothing USER (8 Reviews)
September 19th, 2012 | 50 replies | 1,238 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An excellent achievement of progressive rock music that stands out with its instrumental originality and cohesiveness.

5 of 7 thought this review was well written

Seeing the growth of an artist is always a pleasurable experience and Michael Smith of Trvth and Crevice has definitely shown a different side of his musical creativities. Originally starting out as a guitarist around his mid teens, Michael quickly gained a passion for creating his own music; amongst which, being a self taught musician. It wasn't until years down the road in his mid 20's when he decided to start releasing some of his creations in album formats for the world to hear. His musical roots of death metal, progressive-rock, classical, jazz, and blues led him to start an acoustic-folk project called Crevice, which allowed him to show a more subtle approach of melancholy using only his acoustic guitar and occasional vocals. The acoustic progressive-folk project then led to his latest release of Alpha under Trvth, which contains a full "bands" assortment of instruments including electric guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, and a frequent use of vocals.

Alpha still contains the melancholic derivative's of Crevice but progressive natures are able to be taken to further depths with the use of harmonies, leads, and dynamic shifts that weren't possible on his acoustic-folk project. It's interesting to note that Michael's death metal influence doesn't show at all in Alpha, which I figured is a good testament to an artist's outlook; they don't have to always create the same style of music that they are always influenced by. That's not to say that there aren't plans for a more upfront-metal approach, but we'll get to that later.

So now that we've arrived to the present, Alpha is a cohesive effort of well-blended, progressive-rock tracks. Each track contains something unique and creative. From the beginning, "Chasing Scepter" uses a blend of melodic harmonies in a lugubrious fashion. Michael's vocals, while not up to his potential, due to his living situation and recording capabilities at that time, fit the music well and give an extra element of enjoyability. It's important to note that Michael is not a trained vocalist and does fall out of pitch from time to time but a certain level of honesty usually makes up for any lack of technical ability. His vocal approach here is utilized in lower tones and falsettos. The main thing that would make for a more enjoyable experience would be if the vocals were blended better into the mix with more reverb.

As mentioned earlier the creative and original factors really show in the compositions and more specifically the guitar harmonies; this being most likely because Michael's roots and expertise are the guitars or strings. "Gateway to that Place" uses multiple techniques of clean-amp guitar strums and taping that all fits so cohesively together. There are various solos found throughout Alpha that are always well placed and always tend to heighten songs rather than deterring them. The solo on "Gateway to that Place" is a mellow one that is held off till around the 8 minute mark which gives adequate time for the previous riffs to build off each other and draw the listener in, in a more efficient way. The solo in "Telling it How it Is" is held off until a dynamic, crescendo, groovy build up releases its tension with flowing leads. About 90% of Alpha's compositions are without solos, so anyone with a "over-wank" problem shouldn't have any trouble here.

The 8 track LP-length is very appropriate here as most songs, being a progressive album, are usually on the lengthy side. There are only two tracks under the length of 8 minutes. Although the majority of tracks are lengthy, they feel much shorter than what they actually are which is most likely due to each tracks ability to draw you in and create an almost zone-like listening experience. "Telling it How it Is" and the closer, "First of Its Kind", are notable tracks due to their various textures that play off each other and build in such unforceful ways, making them excellent tracks to just chill out to or keep in the background to enhance the moods of friends who may be visiting you at your house. One element that threw me off in a good way was the use of a death metal vocal passage to transition building riffs into a solo in the middle of "Telling it How it Is". These moments, however sporadic they are, breathe tasty moments of originality which are perfect uppers throughout the album to keep you interested and wondering what's going to happen next. The level of predictability is very low. You usually have no idea how long a riff is going to play out for or what the next riff transition will be and this is ultimately how Alpha succeeds; Trvth is likened to encounters of real life experiences and we all know life is completely unpredictable.

Speaking of unpredictability’s, it's impossible to listen to Alpha without being thrown back, in a good way again, by the happenings of "Bitterness" and "Your Opposer Destroyed". With "Bitterness" we have an almost operatic baritone vocal approach, hovering over clean melodies of mellow despondence and backing doom-like drums. The vocals are completely decipherable on this track, as well as the rest of the album, but, here we hear disseminations of an individual expressing their dissatisfaction for life and their existence with words like "why, from the womb, did I not proceed to die" and "for by now I should have lain down that I might be undisturbed". These lyrics of disdain fit very well in the context of Alpha as we run through themes of haughty individuals moving into power, unveilings, and the ultimate eradication of self and surroundings. This leads us perfectly into the classical/snynth masterpiece, "Your Opposer Destroyed". This is probably the most depressive yet beautifully expressed track on the album, besides being entirely instrumental. The song conveys feelings similar to that of oppressive bearings being lifted of your back after years of continuance. Although depressive, "Your Opposer Destroyed" contains unique facets of joy, but in a very humble way. This track is nothing short of amazing and is a must hear as it really shows Michael's creative abilities and piano/keyboard techniques.

With an album that shows the creative heights of Michael under Trvth and one that, amongst the progressive/music community, is a shining gem of abundance in the compositional departments; showcasing a controlled/mature level/balance of experimentalism and intransigence. Anyone wishing to listen to music that has depth, meaning, and intelligence should be looking no further. Only the future will tell what Michael can accomplish but with a foundation like Alpha he's created an outstanding starting point. There has even been mentioning’s of a thrash/progressive album in the works so hopefully he'll stay "trve" to his passion of creativity and musical furtherance.



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seedofnothing
September 19th 2012



3425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Album can be dowloaded free at:

http://trvth.bandcamp.com/album/alpha

*Trvth is a one man project of user CaptainDooRight

evilford
September 19th 2012



21187 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pos'd, good review. great album


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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
September 19th 2012



4380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

"About 90% of Alpha's compositions are without solos, so anyone with a "over-wank" problem shouldn't have any trouble here.


I always notice that people sometimes label prog bands as "pretentious" because they indulge in lengthy instrumental passages- and that's an essential characteristic of the genre- thats where the magic happens. Good review, man. A bit long but good. Album is M/

Madbutcher3
September 19th 2012



1081 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hell yes Captain stuff.
Good review, great album.

Solisis
September 19th 2012



370 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

album is good, user is good, review is good, reviewer is good wow yay

evilford
September 19th 2012



21187 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

agreed, all around good thread

YoYoMancuso
September 19th 2012



10868 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

good review, excellent album. I agree that Your Opposer Destroyed is magnificent.

CaptainDooRight
September 19th 2012



28332 Comments


Oh whoa just got back from a work break/session and am fully pleased!

An awesome review[one of the best I've read] from an awesome user, a cool thread, and good stuff on the front page.

Thank you Seed from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to express your thoughts on this album. I had no idea you were gonna write a review for this.

Thanks for the kind words guys, Pos'd hard and am moving on to Paper's review as it looks way awesome as well.

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seedofnothing
September 19th 2012



3425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

The pleasure is mine and thank you for the kind words guys.

GiaNXGX
September 19th 2012



4867 Comments


A Trvth review. Awesome!

LifeAsAChipmunk
September 19th 2012



4854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

hey XGX! Yeah this is good stuff. Good thread espesh

Gyromania
September 19th 2012



15199 Comments


love the user, appreciate the work that went into this, but i'm really not feeling it this much. there is definitely a lot of potential here, and i'm sure his best traits will be consolidated on his next album, but the problem i have with this is that a lot of it seems self-indulgent and wearisomely long.


Shuyin
September 19th 2012



11168 Comments


Your Opposer Destroyed is so good, fav track for me.

cheers for the review seed, posd

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CaptainDooRight
September 19th 2012



28332 Comments


Regardless of your connection with the album I really appreciate your honest feedback Gyro. I know that varying opinions will always exist but as an artist I defintely intend to work on growing in ability of expressing myself better and conveying my expressions in more efficient manners. Thanks for taking the time of giving the album a listen bro :]

YoYoMancuso
September 19th 2012



10868 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

seed have you heard his new track?

mindleviticus
September 19th 2012



8164 Comments


are these your vocals captain? i love 'em

CaptainDooRight
September 19th 2012



28332 Comments


@ Mind - they sure are bro. Not up to my potential like the review mentioned because I couldn't record this too loud because of my roommates, but nonetheless I'm glad you dig them bro :]

Any future recordings won't have this problem because I record them in my car now or in a month I'll be at a new location which will have a space for all that.

seedofnothing
September 19th 2012



3425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

"seed have you heard his new track?"

yup, it rips hard, gonna be a sweet thrash/prog album

GiaNXGX
September 19th 2012



4867 Comments


hey bro, how do you recorded Alpha. I've been recording my folk rock/drone project with my iphone and it does not sounds good, i would like to know how do you mix and master it as well, if you got a lot to say then shout me. :]

ChuckyTruant
September 19th 2012



15707 Comments


Imma check this out

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