From the quaint, watery depths of Bath, progressive-metal triad Redshift emerges, like a phoenix from the ashes of their own English countryside, to deliver their sophomore studio album, ‘Laws Of Entropy.’
Released on the 28th of April 2023, it’s a record that dares to ask, “Can we outdo our own debut?”
In 2017, Redshift was born, swaddled in a love for Dream Theater, Rush, Opeth, and Between The Buried And Me. Their first foray into the world of concept albums, ‘Cataclysm,’ erupted onto the scene in 2019 with all the subtlety of an apocalyptic event. Bold, dark, and adventurous, it garnered critical acclaim from the prestigious likes of Distorted Sound Magazine, Uber Rock, Power Play Magazine, and Metal Temple. The album’s audacious themes of honour and love amid the devastation of the world won the hearts of many.
With the bar set high, ‘Laws of Entropy’ tiptoes along the same conceptual tightrope, delving into life’s voyage from cradle to grave. Recorded at Axe and Trap Studios in Wells with the combined forces of Ben Turner (Hey Colossus, Part Chimp) and Joshua Boniface, and mastered by the esteemed Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me), this second act boasts a sonic evolution toward the extreme, the technical, and the gloriously unconventional.
The band’s musings on ‘Laws of Entropy’ take us on a wild ride: “Imagine a young man with the world at his feet, believing he can carve his own path, only to be humbled by life’s struggles and pressures. Cue the mental breakdown, the plea for help, and the inevitable demise. Each song is a step in this harrowing journey.” The album’s pièce de résistance, a 21-minute opus, tackles all these themes in one fell swoop.
Preceding the album’s release, the single ‘Entropy’ and its accompanying music video emerged on April 14th, embracing the absurdity and anxiety of an existential crisis. Lyricist Liam Fear reflects on the track’s origins: “I was stuck in a job I loathed, single, and directionless. I would vacillate between self-ridicule and darker thoughts. Counseling helped, but also left me feeling peculiar and a tad unhinged. Thus, ‘Entropy’ was born—nervous breakdown, the musical.”
So, dear readers, allow Redshift’s ‘Laws of Entropy’ to take you on a sonic sojourn through life’s existential rollercoaster, where the thrill of the ride is worth the anxiety of the climb.