The Senticsphere – Day One
The Senticspherehails from Vancouver, B.C. and has been connecting with their fans since 2005. The band stresses that they reach out to their audiences through positive messages that battle the inner and outer conflicts they experience throughout their lives.
In 2006, The Senticsphere released “Waking the Sun” which was given much praise in the online community, and won several awards such as “Best Male Vocals in Hard Rock” and “Track of the Week”.
The bands latest release “Day One”, was produced by Jay ‘Juice’ Evjen (The Age of Electric, Wide Mouth Mason, Hot Hot Heat). The band is currently touring throughout Canada and is improving by the day.
Here We Go:
You can tell from the very beginning that The Senticsphere wanted to pack an emotional punch on “Day One”. With unique instrumentals and meaningful lyrics, The Senticsphere is trying to cement their place in the world of rock.
“Rain On Me” is the opening track off of the album and it’s a well done lead-in to the contents of the album. The album really gets some depth when you get to track 2 though. “On The Edge” mixes driving beats with melodic aspects that allow this song to be considered one of the best on the album. “Hollow” is next and it gives this album one of the best (if not the best) choruses on the album. I love the melodic and emotional content in this song. Not to mention the guitar solo fits the song perfectly. “Home” blasts you right into the middle of the album, where the next track “The Scene” takes you on the most intense musical journey so far on “Day One”. This one is definitely gonna get your head bangin’ when you see them live.
The second half of the album begins with “Bring Me Down”. Track 6 begins with a driving and intense intro that leads into calmer, chugging verses. “Lying Awake” is next, giving the album it’s most unique look into the mind of The Senticsphere. It’s starts off mellow and dark and escalates into an intense, solid rock track. This track definitely has potential to be one of the songs that can bring this band into the spotlight. “Sadness Fades” is a nice look at life and love. The band successfully sets the mood of the song and the short guitar solo is by far the best on the album as far as completing a song goes. “Blame” is the 9th track on the album, and if you had any questions about which song on the album would propel The Senticsphere into the spotlight, well you can stop questioning yourself because this is it. “Blame” is by far the most appealing song on the album and represents why this band should get the success they deserve. It’s the all around best song on the album and completely demonstrates what I think the band it trying to portray. This track is the most well-rounded song on the album and deserves to be noticed. “Sacrifice” is the final track, bringing the album home with a bang.
Highlights: “On The Edge”, “Hollow”, “Lying Awake”, “Sadness Fades”, “Blame”
One band that came to mind when I was listening to this album was Breaking Benjamin. Breaking Benjamin have become masters at mixing melody and emotion with angst and energy. The Senticsphere achieve this exact same technique, and with time should evolve into something really special. Their ability to mix the hard with the soft and the melodic with the extreme give this band an edge in their quest for the spotlight. Plus, being compared to one of the best rock acts out there right now is always a good thing. If this album doesn’t hit you at first, it will, just give it time.