I've been excited for this album ever since Max first told me about his main influences when writing it. With a list including Megadeth, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age and Michael Jackson, I knew that it would be quite a ride. From the high paced opening track, “Obsessive Compulsive Dispersive”, I could already hear his heroes echoing through the music. Scattered throughout the record, Max takes on a Dave Mustaine inspired vocal style, snarling through the lyrics. Meanwhile, the up front bass guitar mix is reminiscent of QOTSA, and RECS choice of using a distorted keyboard (which has been a longstanding instrument of choice for them) may remind some of the warbling guitar effect in “Go With The Flow”. Foo Fighters shows through more in attitude than in musical influence, and while Max may have enjoyed Jackson's songs while writing, I don't feel his style really makes an appearance on this release. However, I get a distinct Prong influence from tracks like “It's All Gone” and a personal favorite, “Of Fears & Liars”, which may be one of RECS catchiest songs to date.
With a title such as this, I can't help but delve into the lyrical subject matter a bit. While the name would suggest governmental conspiracies, cover ups, and end of the world hysteria – and it isthere – much of it is about personal turmoil and people who cause it in us. As Max told me in our interview, “there is one person, particularly, that this album is aimed at...” While I connect with a lot of the lyrics to these tracks, I find myself most interested in those that do deal with paranoia of governmental conspiracies and all the aforementioned subjects. Tracks like the closing trio “Of Fears & Liars”, “Reckless Ways” and “In This Darkness” just hit a nerve with me. I suppose it could be my love of The X-Files, or it could simply be due to the fact that all of those songs totally ROCK!
“but in this darkness here I've started seeing things again
and I can't change a thing outside of fear and disbelief"
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