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by Paradox

Fourth full length album by Irish Alternative Rock band Paradox featuring new soundscapes and instrumental additions not yet heard on any of the bands previous recordings.
Genre: Rock: Grunge
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1. Prologue
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2. As the World
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3. Nothing Lasts
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4. S.A.D
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5. Free as a Bird
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6. Eat
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7. What's the Reason?
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8. Little Lives
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9. In Disguise
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10. Painting Pictures
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11. Beating Down
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12. Burning Out
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13. Other Side
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14. Epilogue
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Album Notes
2014 saw Irish Alternative Rock band Paradox back in the studio recording their 4th album to date at Wavefield Recording Studios in Bantry, West Cork, Ireland with multi tasking musician and engineer Brian Casey on the desk.
Titled 'Chapters' the 14 track album combines a variety of new sounds some of which have not yet been heard on any previous Paradox album. The first single 'Nothing Lasts' features slow melancholic Cello tones played by Maeve Kelly carrying the song to it's climatic refrains of 'Nothing Lasts'. A music video also accompanies the single. Cello makes an appearance on various other tracks on the album such as the track 'Eat' which subject focuses on the treatment of animals in factory farms and was initially inspired by the controversial documentary Earthlings.
The new album has been a working progress for over a year which originated in September 2013 with songwriter Pete Mac playing all instruments on the recordings. Paradox drummer Mike Mac joined his brother Pete in the studio for a session in May 2014 after dropping back from his Canadian travels to drum on 4 tracks on the album.
Overall 'Chapters' is far more experimental than any previous album with the band pushing their limits as much as possible in the studio which included recording in different rooms, distorting various bass sounds and having what became a trademark routine for many songs of a noise track when recording the electric guitar. The Noise Track basically consisted of Pete improvising spontaneously with a heavily distorted guitar while recording over various tracks with nothing rehearsed as the noise track was being recorded to add an extra live feel to certain tracks.
As the album name suggests this is the next chapter in the band's history with many songs reflecting chapters in the band member's lives.

A track by track description ::

Prologue - An introduction to the album.

As the World - Opening with a deep bass line and a subtle vocal As the World slowly builds to a chaotic climax with pained guitars moaning with feedback cutting into the melodic riff and vocal melody. The track itself displays the bands more experimental noisy side and was the first new song recorded for the album in September 2013. .

Nothing Lasts - The first single 'Nothing Lasts' features slow melancholic Cello tones carrying the song to it's high point and vocal refrains of 'Nothing Lasts'. A music video also accompanies the single.

S.A.D - A sharp electric guitar opens the track with a more familiar Paradox sound and a 90's rock feel to it. A stop, start motion guides the song through layers of guitars, bass and drums.

Free as a Bird - Probably the most pop sounding track on the album 'Free as a Bird' is full of melodies and smooth guitars while the lyrics may come across as more sarcastic than sincere. The chorus words 'Now I'm Free as a Bird' repeat themselves throughout the song in a radio friendly easy listening gesture while the open layered guitars back the melody and tempo of the song.

Eat - 'Eat' was initially inspired by the controversial documentary 'Earthlings' and focuses mainly on the treatment of animals in factory farms, the fashion industry and how animals are exploited and used solely for profit, consumption and human pleasure. You can watch this documentary online in full at http://earthlings.com Cello also makes an appearance on this track. The main chorus vocal line 'I'm eating and not thinking' set the general tone.
Here are the full lyrics to the song.

Lyrics :: EAT

I don't mind suffering when it's not my kind
They don't feel a thing I just close my eyes

I'm eating I'm not thinking
I'm eating I'm not seeing
I'm eating I'm not feeling
I'm eating I'm not thinking

Caged fur animal for my loathing pride
Tasteful edible am I sold a lie
I'm ashamed to be a human being
I'm a sadist creep I'm a human disease

Tied running circles around my head
They don't deserve this better dead
It's the same to me a human being
Such a tragedy we don't see

Just keep eating and not thinking

I'm ashamed to be a human being
I'm a fascist freak I'm a human disease

What's the Reason? - While being the shortest track on the album 'What's the Reason' still packs a punch with it's 1 minute and 5 seconds. Mike's steady pounding drum beat mixed with Pete's moaning guitar tones, distorted bass line and frustrated vocals being the song to an abrupt end.

Little Lives - Opening with a lonely acoustic guitar and vocal melody Little Lives breaks into a fast paced fuzzy riff which continues to change it's direction until the end of the song.

In Disguise - From the shortest to the longest track on the album In Disguise runs just under 7 minutes 20 seconds. An off timing beat carries the song until it breaks into a heavy riff which changes it's course once again towards the end of the track.

Painting Pictures - Cello makes an appearance once again on this acoustic ballad which also features female vocal harmonies from bassist Jette.

Beating Down - A subtle electric guitar riff plays gently alongside eerie piano notes and opens the song up into it's full chorus. This track also has a more familiar Paradox sound to it when it bursts into a wall of distorted guitars and choppy drums.

Burning Out - A ticking clock motion opens this fast paced track musically veering towards a more Punk Rock, old school Paradox sound which could have similarities to the bands earlier material. Vocals are spat out at break neck speed with their disgust at the 9 to 5 modern working life format.

Other Side - The albums closing track features a final appearance of mournful Cello that guides the guitars and melodies throughout. Jette's female vocals also flow through the chorus lines of 'If I meet you on the other side maybe then I'll understand'. The song has multiple chord changes towards the middle section changing from major to minor and everything in between.

Epilogue - The albums closing of Cello feedback.

***Bonus Track 'Shame for my Name' exclusive to CD*** :: 'Shame for my name' was re-recorded at Mikes studio in Canada on August 24th 2014. The track was originally recorded in December 2000 at Master Groove Studios in LA and appeared on the debut Paradox album 'Circle of Growth'. The new version of this acoustic ballad was added as a bonus track to the new album exclusive to the physical CD and talks are also in the works to have the song included for an upcoming independent film. Shame for my Name has always been one of the bands stronger tracks and Pete and Mike felt the original older recording of the track didn't do it justice. It's also fun to compare the older version recorded when Pete was 18 years old and Mike 21 against the newer version 14 years later.

About the band ::

Paradox are an Alternative Rock/ Grunge band from Cork, Ireland. Formed in 1996 by brothers Pete Mac and Mike Mac the early Paradox sound was heavily influenced by the Grunge Era of the 90's.The band has shaped and evolved their sound over the years while still maintaining their Alternative Rock sound. Paradox have released 4 studio albums to date. Their debut album 'Circle of Growth' was recorded in Los Angeles in 2000 and released on a US label. Their second album 'Sacred' was recorded and released in 2004, 'Corporate Pollution' was released in 2011 and their latest album 'Chapters' released in January 2015. Singer and songwriter Pete Mac also recorded and released a solo album in 2009 in Berlin, Germany.
'Corporate Pollution' marked a further evolution in the Paradox sound and received the most attention from any of the bands releases. From the opening track 'Corporate Pollution' with it's churning guitar riffs and political sneers the track seems to somewhat set the tone for the rest of the album. One reviewer noted that the album had 'so many influences it's hard to list them all, the music is solid, timeless and to the point'.
Another review from Loud-Stuff.com added - 'Maybe the ultimate compliment you can pay to this album is that you could listen to it between Nirvana's In Utero and Alice in Chains Dirt and it's every bit as good'.
'Mr. Bureaucracy' was chosen to be the first single with it's fast pulsing riffs and melodic vocal refrains. The band also shot a music video for 'Mr. Bureaucracy' in 2012 which was nominated for best song at the Berlin Music Video Awards, Dublin International short film and music awards the Portobello Film Festival London in 2013.
In 2012 the 'Corporate Pollution' track 'Repress Excess' was used on the soundtrack for Canadian horror movie 'Truth' which screened at the Cannes Film Festival and won the Canada International Film Festival's Royal Reel Award.
Paradox have toured both Europe and the US as well as playing support to the likes of Therapy?, Kerbdog and Shonen Knife in 2013. 2014 saw Paradox back in the studio recording their 4th album to date at Wavefield Recording Studios in Bantry, West Cork with multi tasking musician and engineer Brian Casey on the desk.
Titled 'Chapters' the 14 track album combines a variety of new sounds some of which have not yet been heard on any previous Paradox album.



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Avant Music Port

Paradox provides you with the mournful male vocals and catchy heaviness of Nirva
Did you excitedly rush to the cinema recently to catch the “Kurt Cobain: A Montage of Heck” documentary by Brett Morgen? If so, you are probably nostalgic for the grunge/alternative rock sound and should take a definitive listen to Paradox. Paradox provides you with the mournful male vocals and catchy heaviness of Nirvana, the distorted guitars and tsunami changes in moods, but also a dedicated interest in noise collection. Paradox goes from disillusioned to hopeful in one swing of the hand, and then ventures off into sonic lands becoming a noise magnet, drawing metal out of walls and thin air, Burning Man style. A brooding over the end of our known world is flecked with rare glimpses of even, happy states that we suffer with the same pain, although belonging to the other end of the spectrum. Here you’ve got the grittiness demanded of the genre yet get treated to cellos, harmonies and pianos inbetween, creating a very personal sound. So if your diagnosis is the nostalgia suggested at the start, this is certainly just what the doctor ordered.

Remy's Music and Film Blog

Paradox are musically assertive in the delivery of their songs.
Cork alt-rock and grunge band Paradox have released a new video for their track 'EAT' taken from last years Chapters album which was featured here. The third single from their album to date; 'The track was initially inspired by the documentary Earthlings and focuses mainly on the treatment of animals in factory farms, the fashion industry and how animals are exploited and used solely for profit, consumption and human pleasure. The video is mostly based off the poultry industry and their standard industry practices. Film producers Phoenix Pictures are behind the production of the video.'
'EAT' begins with a tinny acoustic opening which leads to their trademark grunge sound, vocally slightly similar to Nirvana with a sound more in line with Metallica's lighter hue. Paradox are musically assertive in the delivery of their songs, there's a determined confidence surrounding this single and a certain power in getting the message behind it across, as with the majority of the tracks on Chapters, the band effortlessly balance the crossovers between acoustic and electric guitars as the song progresses towards it's harder finale. The video is great too, turning how our poultry is prepared and treated entirely on its head with our avian friends locking us up in small coops before the harrowing message of '100% Boneless Human Meat' appears on a pre-packaged body.

Remy's Music and Film Blog

That 90's grunge sound pervades the album
That 90's grunge sound pervades the album from the first full track 'As the World''s opening thick bass-line and the droning drums and guitars, straight off the bat you can tell Paradox understand the nuances of timing in their music, briefly holding off before crashing down with precision time and again. The first single from the album, 'Nothing Lasts', begins like an Elliott Smith track, softly spoken vocals and gentle acoustic strumming, but you know this isn't going to last for too long, as the songs title suggests, unbridled rock is unleashed at the 2 minute mark and I'm feeling old sounds from my teens re-enter my head, Metallica's Black Album, where did I leave it, why haven't I listened to it in so long?
Next track 'S.A.D.''s opening riff is bloody delicious and it's so nice when it crops up again during the song, the band get lost in a smoke-filled chaos on this one and it sounds really good. Above track (video) 'Free As A Bird' develops in a surprising direction, again the tenderness of the acoustics and vocals lay the foundations, reminding me of a bit of a Foo Fighters first album and Eddie Vedder mash-up with some hard-rockin' balladry in between. Another highlight is 'Little Lives', it may be my favourite track on the album, alongside the rock opus that is 'In Disguise', but I need a few more listens just to be sure, there's definite Cobain stylings going on, vocally and in the trashy (not thrashy) guitar-playing, this is a very, very enjoyable foot-stomper, and again the bass is great, devil horns with your fingers on this one.

'Beating Down' again has it's Nirvana-esque elements but quickly strides off into Pearl Jam's Yield, another nice rocking number that casually loses itself in the second half. Chapters closes with the easy-listening and smooth tones of 'Other Side', giving you a chance to contemplate on what you've just heard. My own conclusions were that while I enjoyed the final third of the album, I really enjoyed the harder edge of the first 9 tracks and it's touching points, it feels like an album that has been sent into the present day from the past to remind us of the finer music that was produced during the grunge era. On a personal note I'd like to see more Irish bands do what Paradox have done here and make their own interpretations of the genre, if no other reason so I can rock out more like I did to Chapters, incredibly selfish, I know!

In Colour - RTE 2XM

Paradox are one of the most consistent bands on the Irish music scene
Paradox are one of the most consistent bands on the Irish music scene, which is no mean feat. They’ve been churning out top tunes since 1996. You could level the criticism at many bands that their new material doesn’t stand up when compared with their earlier stuff, not Paradox though.
They are better than ever, ‘Chapters’ 2014 was thoroughly enjoyable the new single is excellent and its well worth checking out.

Dublin Concerts

A wonderful combination of heavy distorted guitar with a sense of angsty passion
Just outside of our wonderful capital lies another county, one just as fair and beautiful as our own. Some of you may know of it as Cork. It too produces some wonderful musicians on a regular basis, and so for this week’s Irish Band of the Week we cast our gaze towards Cork band, Paradox. Influenced by the original grunge era of the 90s, brothers Pete Mac and Mike Mac created the early Paradox with heavy vocals, power chord riffs, and some powerfully clashing drums. After being signed to an American record label, utilising a variety of bass players to add flavour to their sound at different intervals, the boys left their label and decided to do it all themselves.

By 2014 the band was back in the studio recoding their fourth album, Chapters, which worked to demonstrate their range as musicians and expand their form. As a work in progress since 2013 the band sought to create something much more experimental and Paradox’s drummer Mike Mac joined his brother Pete in the studio for a session in May 2014 after dropping back from his Canadian travels to drum on 4 tracks on the album.

For a newcomer to the band’s sound, I found their track ‘Free As A Bird’ a wonderful combination of heavy distorted guitar with a sense of angsty passion thrown in for good measure. It’s both heavy and melodious, and shows why the band has such a residual presence of the music scene. For them, and perhaps new and old followers, this album is reflective of its title and will speak to many on different levels about their own experiences.

Remy's Music Blog

A stripped bare Nirvana or Pearl Jam with a Paradox polish.
'Painting Pictures', The single is one of the highlights on the album, the song-writing displays the wealth of experience built up over their musical career. It has a softer edge than most of the remainder of the album, and is also a notable homage to their grunge influences, a stripped bare Nirvana or Pearl Jam with a Paradox polish.

Rock and Roll Creations

‘Chapters’ is a beautifully crafted album.
Cork based Alternative Rock band Paradox released their 4th album ‘Chapters’ in January of this year. The album itself is many reflections of the chapters in the bands lives and is more experimental that previous releases.

Paradox was formed by brothers Pete Mac (Vocals, Guitars, Bass – for albums) and Mike Mac (Vocal Harmonies, Drums) in 1996. Also featuring on this album is Jette Pille, who provided backing vocals on some of the tracks and also plays bass for some of the lives shows.

Earlier sounds from the band were influenced by the grunge era, but with ‘Chapters’, Paradox have pushed the boundaries of their musical styles and have produced an excellent album.
With the short opening track ‘Prologue’ that starts with a cello, the album then opens up into a heavy sounding bass on ‘As The World’ before the drums pulverise through the track. With a heavy fuzz-laden guitar, the melodic harmonies are both subtle and powerful. ‘Nothing Lasts’ has a gentle acoustic guitar over a haunting cello, with emotive lyrics that tug at the heartstrings, before the guitars crash into the track as the vocals powerfully rise to a crescendo of sound. ‘S.A.D’ and ‘What’s The Reason?’ both have a thumping rhythm whilst the vocals have a chant like quality about them. ‘Little Lives’ with its filthy bass line throughout brings a heaviness to the album, as the vocals sound raw over a thumping rhythm and lyrically this has a dark tone to it.
Tracks such as ‘Free As A Bird’, ‘Eat’ and ‘Painting Pictures’ have a slower tempo but still have a vibrant sound to them, as the more delicate melodies twist their way through the songs. ‘Beating Down’ has a delicious guitar riff through the track that compliments the vocals, as it explodes into the track, before the riff-laden ‘Other Side’ plays out as the final full length track on the album, that finishes on a fast pace as the style takes influences from a more alternative sound. With the equally haunting ‘Epilogue’, this ends the album in the same style it began.
‘Chapters’ is a beautifully crafted album, that has excellent melodies throughout and offers the listener an evocative tapestry of styles and emotions. Paradox may have pushed the limits whilst recording this album, but they have produced an album that has an immense sound to it and is 14 dynamic songs, that draws the listener in to share their experiences. ‘Chapters’ is an album that can only impress.


This record holds many melodic, experimental, and memorable tracks.
From the industrial-tinged “As the World” and suspenseful “What’s the Reason?” to the infectious “Little Lives” and catchy “Eat,” this record holds many melodic, experimental, and memorable tracks. While Paradox may not have decided to go the most conventional route for Chapters, the risky decision to tightrope walk over mainstream standards was a bold and commendable move. The acoustic and anthemic single, “Nothing Lasts,” is a cello-driven, emotional composition that builds-up to a gratifying climax.

SkyRockit Music

My hopes are high for the future of the Grunge/Rock genre in Ireland
You can’t spell Cork without Rock. I used that in a tweet recently and knew I would have to use it again. I knew I would want to use it again.
MTV had a profound effect on me when I was younger. Not the known MTV of now, but the MTV of yore when the likes of ‘Unplugged’ played to heavy hitters, grunge was being introduced to eager teenagers, and it actually played good music. I count myself as one of the lucky ones who was around to appreciate it for what it was.
20 years later, my musical tastes haven’t changed all that much – Sure, I like many more different types of music now, and have distinct views and tastes, but I still know good music when I hear it. Enter Paradox.
In a time when it’s easy to get lost in the swarm of new and music wherever you go, it’s nice to get hit with an album that sounds like it was forgotten about in the 90’s only to be dug up in the digital era of now. For me, at the ripe age of 34, it’s a nice feeling.

Paradox hail from Cork – currently the grunge/rock/punk capital of Ireland as far as I’m concerned. A local music scene can create a popular bubble of the same musical genre in the area with many bands sounding the same, or playing homage to their surrounding peers. Paradox has been the band that others play homage to, and now they are bursting from that bubble and creating waves further a-field.

The lengthy 14 track album is distinctly different from their previous 3, a paradox in itself one could say – notes of Alice in Chains (particularly their Unplugged album), Nirvana, Silverchair, Mad Season and A Perfect Circle and NIN. As with these bands, there is a certain melancholy and assuredness to their sound particularly with top track and video ‘Nothing lasts’. I was sold on this song alone.

With an independent band producing music of this standard, my hopes are high for the future of the grunge/rock genre and era in Ireland, wherever it might exist. If MTV was to fall back to its 90’s roots right now, this band would be all over your TV screens, not just your computer screens. Just like the 90’s, pay your respects here.

Golden Plec

A DIY homage to glory days of the Seattle Sound
At the turn of the millennium, Paradox were on the verge of achieving the impossible – breaking America. After signing a record deal with Hollywood indie label, Jetspeed Records, the Cork-based grunge outfit recorded their debut LP in a studio once graced by Alice In Chains and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. They performed on the Las Vegas strip and shot a video in the searing heat of the Nevada Desert before jetting of to yet more fanfare in New York.

Then, for reasons unknown, the band split with the now defunct label on their return to Hollywood. Determined to keep the outfit alive, the trio took the DIY route, recording two albums amid the slightly less glamorous, but equally beautiful backdrop of West Cork.

Composed and performed almost entirely by frontman Pete Mac at Wavefield Studios, Bantry, the band’s fourth and latest offering, ‘Chapters’, sees little change to a now long-established grunge by numbers formula.

Wheezing into life with a haunting prologue all but torn from the golden-era of German expressionist film, ‘Chapters’ outlines an ambitious mantra from the outset. The second track, As the World maintains this zeal, boasting a prowling bassline, immaculate production and a vocal performance that even His Grace Layne Staley would be proud of.

Nothing Lasts plays host to some gentle acoustic strumming, before breaking out into a stadium-sized riff supported by Mac’s arresting higher vocal range, agonising over the refrain “Here I am/ Here I stand/ Nothing Lasts.” It’s a trick that’s peppered throughout the LP, be it the equally forlorn Free as a Bird or Little Lives – a track ready to stake its claim as a long lost Steve Albini offcut from a certain recording session circa. 1993.

If ‘Chapters’ ever straddles a tightrope between Alice In Chains’ brand of desolate heartbreak and Nirvana’s adrenaline soaked fury, it’s on Burning Out. Opening with the flat pitch of a 4-track, before submerging into a ferocious riff, Burning Out sees Paradox at their most arresting, and dare I say it, radio friendly.

Drawing from the heroes of grunge with such as heavy hand proves to be a double edged sword for Paradox. In isolation, ‘Chapters’ is a perfectly enjoyable exemplar of the format – not a single gritty riff or strained vocal is out of place throughout the LP’s lofty 54-minute runtime. But elsewhere, little of ‘Chapters’ gifts something new to the musicsphere. Take the LP’s most lengthy recording, In Disguise – a track constructed on a bland melody that borrows so much from Kurt Cobain’s back catalogue that all emotional sincerity evaporates. It’s a problem replicated through much of the LP, even when approaching the sludgy end of the grunge spectrum on S.A.D.

There is a definite sense of déjà vu to ‘Chapters’, but perhaps that is the point. A DIY homage to glory days of the Seattle Sound – and if that’s what Paradox intended, it’s mission accomplished.
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