These Brazilian rockers are on a mission to use music to reflect what they’re passionate about. Their forthcoming album ‘What Lies Ahead Of Us’ touches on issues like environmental protection and the fight against racism.
Brothers Victor (vocals, electric an acoustic guitars) and Vagner Lima (drums) alongside Joe Ferry (bass guitar) use the album as a vehicle which tells the story of a couple and their newborn emerging from the devastated Brazilian rainforest.
When talking about the project Victor said:
‘The album was recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic and it was a huge challenge wearing face masks almost every time. There was tension and fear among the musicians and engineers of getting infected. Besides that, the songs are not “straight”. Pentral uses a lot of uncommon and odd time signatures and harmonies, so it was pretty hard to record the final version of the tracks. Atmosphere, harmony, melody, groove and a strong message to make people think. For the band, this is what music is all about’.
In the build up to the release of their full album, the Brazilian trio have let us have early access to their track ‘Silent Trees’.
The track starts with a distinct prog rock, metal vibe. However, on a different end of the scale, these sounds are accompanied by choral singing – odd, but it works.
Later on in the track, the instruments take a back seat to let Victor show us what his voice can do. He grabs the limelight and firmly thrusts himself to centre stage, delivering an incredible solo performance.
While the track has many many positives, there are some slight issues that should be addressed. In my opinion, the vocals were pitchy in places, occasionally losing the high energy feel I spoke of earlier. As well, I felt the music could have been ever so slightly more creative.
I have to say though, if this is just a snippet of their album, I can not wait for the release on 7th May. Fans won’t have to wait long to hear ‘Silent Trees‘, which goes public March 5th.
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