Three piece New York based band Third International just released his second release to date entitled OBLIVION. The dark inspirations that find their way into his songwriting ensure that Third International will turn heads in gothic rock, electro-metal and industrial communities worldwide. Band consists of Andrew Pearson (vocals, guitar, Synth and Moog).Szabolcs Szenasi (Drums, Sampling, Machine Patterns), Enrique Mancia (Bass), and Brian Battersby (Audio Sampling)
Music sounds like: Crowbar, Agalloch, Satyricon, And Acid Bath, Bass Communication, Riverside, The Pineapple Thief, Opeth.
“O.B.L.I.V.I.O.N.” as you would expect is a carefully crafted 11 track musical journey through the forbidden forest that is Andrew Pearson’s psyche – and yes he can go deep. CD showcasing Electronic based Rock and Progressive artisanship at its best. The end result creates a foundation for memorable, clairvoyant group of songs. There are clear-defined messages sure to have a not so positive but powerful impact on many listeners. One of the things I really like about this project is despite the dark rock overtones it manage keep the themes relatively pure steering clear of the ridiculous and over the top keeper mantra. I am not fascinated by Marilyn Manson one bit – in fact I’m more fascinated with Michael Bolton. You can also hear influences from November’s Doom, Anathema and Bathpry just to name a few. Personally I see Third International as a musical hybrid between Pink Floyd and Perfect Circle. Pearson is originally from the UK. What’s more vocals from Pearson possess an inviting timbre that will be sure to attract many. Pearson is clearly a marquee talent and has a strong yet striking visuals for Third International brand as I spent some time on his FACEBOOK page. He’s played some impressive venues. The first few tracks “Helix”, “Lay Down” and my top pick: “Barograph” set the preliminary mood well. “Master Strange” deserves an honorable mention as well and “Liar” reminds me of Poisonback. “Formaldehyde” is one of the best songs on the CD and is towards the end. All tracks really bring out the dazzling plying abilities of this composer to light.
Many tracks have excessive musical meandering and are too long – Pearson needs to cut to the chase as a composer on some songs and end them in a timely manner. I’m not a fan of excessive intros and outros.
Overall, this latest release from Third International pulls out all the stops and will bring nothing but intriguing melancholy darkness for your musical status quo. The CD is fully loaded with musical movements and twists and turns that will intrigue. I do recommend you listen to the album on headphones to heighten the experience. “OBLIVION” by “Third International” is filled with much in the way of integrity, passion, amazing writing and arranging solid guitar solos and a brilliant writing style coupled with the amazing lyrics. All this and more makes Third International lead by Andrew Pearson a hot commodity from NY.