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Sacred - The Album

by Paradox

Sacred the Album is the second release from Irish Alternative Rock outfit PARADOX. Featuring nearly 60 minutes of music 'Sacred' potrays a powerful Grunge/Alternative Rock mix, it's core sound reminiscent of the early 90's.
Genre: Rock: Grunge
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1. Angel of Fate
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2. Destress
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3. Lame & Languid
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4. What you Were
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5. Sunburn Daze
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6. Spasm
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7. Pretend Friend
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8. Thorns of Rose
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9. Medication
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10. Apathy
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11. Downward Spiral
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12. Sacred
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Album Notes
'Sacred' was recorded in 2 parts, 6 tracks recorded January 2003, the following 6 January 2004. All tracks were recorded at BPM Studios, Cork Ireland and mastered at Xarc Mastering in Dresden Germany. 'Sacred' has recieved rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic aswell recieving much airplay on many FM and internet Radio stations in Europe and the US. Brothers Pete and Mike Mac yet again play all instruments on Sacred. Pete plays - Vocals, Guitars and Bass while Mike
plays Drums, Harmonies with the addition of Keyboards and Piano on this album.
'Sacred' is a major progression from the bands debut album 'Circle of Growth', veering away from their previous Punk Rock/Grunge sound to a more Melodic Alternative Sound that the band has been thriving to achieve since their creation.

Discography -

Circle of Growth - 2002
Sacred EP - 2003
Sacred the album - 2004
Pete Mac - In Limbo - 2009
Mr. Bureaucracy - 2010
Corporate Pollution - 2011
Pete Mac - Time - 2012
Nothing Lasts - 2014
Chapters - 2015

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About the band ::

Paradox are an Alternative Rock/ Grunge outfit 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. 'Chapters' is due for release early 2015.


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Sharla Cartner/ punkglobe.com/ musicfanbiz.com

Paradox generates melodic hard rock, with introspective lyrics.
Reviewed By: Sharla Cartner

Band Members:
Pete Mac - Vocals, Guitars, Bass (for albumz)
Mike Mac - Vocal Harmonies, Drums
John Fin - Bass

This Irish trio Paradox is an alternative hard rock band. With influences from Jeff Buckley, Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Pearl Jam and The Tea Party, Paradox constructs their own developing sound of hard rock. Paradox has a solid fan base and has received airplay on radio stations, and rave reviews around the globe.

Paradox explodes with high intensity with screaming guitar riffs and solid drumming but there is more to this band than musical talent. Paradox generates melodic hard rock, with introspective lyrics and intricate melodies. The vocals of Pete Mac are delivered with solid feeling and sincerity. The two tracks Downward Spiral and Lame and Languid are from the album Sacred. Lame and Languid possess some sweet acoustic guitar riffs and loaded with emotion. Downward Spiral is energetic, with infectious riffs and the vocals grind out the lyrics.

"Is it time for me, is it time for you." - Lame and Languid

If you love hard rock music, check out Paradox:

Garage Radio

Instant success is the only term I can use to describe the destiny of the Irish band, Paradox. With tracks like "Lame and Languid" and "Infinite" these guys are sure to grace the scene with a pumped up version of the modern Alternative/Rock sound. As I listened I found new reasons to listen again. Obviously Paradox is dedicated to their craft. The mix is great and the power is incredible with a perfect combination of acoustic and electric to please nearly every taste. As Rock goes I always try to compare one sound to another, but Paradox is not a band to be compared to anyone. Pete's vocals are impeccable, beautifully accented by the rest of the band. Lots of great guitar accents and solid beats put Paradox on the top of my "next best list" and make for one killer rock band. Driven by melody and pure adrenaline, these guys are a commanding force in the new music arena. I really enjoyed reviewing this this band and, all in all, I can't find a reason to give Paradox less than 5 stars. I fully recommend listening to their style and adding them to your CD collection.


This music is timeless, solid and to the point.
Downward Spiral is a crunchy track, opening as it means to go on drawing riffs from all the best places and backing everything with a solid rhythm section before throwing some roaring vocals into the mix for consideration – it’s different to the other tracks so far but it works! As the next track, Lame and Languid, opens with ‘can you listen to how I’m feeling’ over an acoustic line before kicking in with those guitars again you find yourself realising this band can do it all. Over the tracks so far they’ve proven they can do heavy, soft, grungy, sludgy, everything which is good in music! What You Were proves this even further as the opening ‘funky’ riff kicks in before the track becomes a Hole-esque ditty, funky, grungy and catchy from the outset, this track will have you nodding along within seconds whether you want to or not! I can also imagine this is a live anthem, one which will get the crowd jumping all over the place to the catchy beat.

The final two tracks (for the purposes of the review, there are more on their various sites) push the boat home and leave you in need of hearing more. Apathy is an almost hypnotic track featuring layered vocals, Alice in Chains style guitars and a solid bass line, very much like listening to mid 90’s music but with a modern edge. Spasm finishes the selection off nicely with a pounding drum and bass laden intro, feedback from guitars then an almighty riff kicking in. This is a track which will please even the heaviest fan, melodic yet heavy from the outset and never relenting up until the final second.

Normally I try to cover every track a band features on their sites in order to give a varied over view, but with these guys there are (firstly) a lot of tracks so I’d end up wittering on for pages and (secondly) so many influences coming through here it’s impossible to list them all. This music is timeless, solid and to the point. Coming across as heavy sometimes and soft and soothing at others, I’d happily sit for hours listening to these guys play. They need to get their album over here, get more people on to them and get their name out there – they’re a band who represent this entire section of the website, a band you need to hear.

Music fan!!!

When Paradox release an album you gotta take it Seriously!!!!
I was one of the lucky ones who got a pre release of this album. sacred is one of those albums that you must listen to 3-4 times but once you do you know you've got a peach! in an age of complete garbage on the radio, the mcCarthy brothers provide a welcome break from the present day musical production line!

Sacred opens with 'angel of fate' which is very catchy without just being radio friendly. paradox fans will be only too familiar with track 3 'lame and languid' which is a true anthem of the cork based trio. track 7 'pretend friend' breaks the album up great when drummer mike mac leaves the drums at home as both brothers go for a very touching ballad.

i did particulary like track 11 'downward spiral'. i suppose with a title like this the song has just gotta be good my friends and it is. after the slow' pretend friend' drummer mike mac once again belts the drums like there is no tommorow.....like drumming is going out of fashion. this is a good heavy tune.

these are just some of the tunes i like but in between these tunes are more peaches as when paradox release an album you have got to take it seriously. the BRMC sing 'whatever happened to our rock n roll' .....well paradox have answered a few prayers. maybe someday fans will see both the black rebel motorcycle club and paradox on the same stage, now wouldn't that be a real treat? stranger things have happened!


Whole band sounds killer!!
Hi! If I told you that those are the coolest tunes that I've heard. This leaves me pondering this, why aren't you signed to a major label?? Very pro-sounding. Excellent production and performance. Whole band sounds killer. Vocals are on and interesting melody. Get signed dudes or don't, but keep it together. You rock. I really like your approach and style... and I am going to add you to my playlist and check out some more of your stuff. I wish I had more to say or some kind of constructive criticism, but your songs are ready for the air waves.

Duss Rodgers/ Cats ask music. {Canada}

Paradox are definitely worth a listen!!!
Originally from Ireland this trio has found fairly agreeable success in North America with self promotion and hard work. Hard and in your face with the track "Corporate Pollution" Paradox extracts the essence of the North American ways of life, capitalistic apathy. Coming from a european background these insights into our ways of life are quite refreshing and even more pressing than when heard from within. The core of Paradox's sound is driven with passion and is reminiscent of the grunge/hard rock styles prevalent in middle America. The lyrics are quite insightful and are obviously something these gentleman put a lot of their heart and soul into. "Pretend Friend", one of my favourites displays their appreciation for the musical content of a song with their use of harmonies and a meaningful topic. Paradox is definitely worth a listen.

Two Way Monologues

These brothers are extremely talented!!
Paradox is a two-brother team originally from Cork, Ireland who do all of the work on their second release, Sacred. Pete and Mike Mac played all of the instruments for all the studio work for both this and their first album, Circle of Growth. Mike does all the percussion and backing vocals while Pete does the guitar, bass and lead vocals.

It is interesting – although Sacred was released in 2004 there are times when I felt like I’d been transported back to the mid-1990s. They do classify themselves as alternative/grunge/rock. Yes, Grunge. The band started in 1996; so that would explain it.

The music – though slightly updated – instantly brings to mind the artists that Paradox site as being their influences – Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Silverchair. Then there are darker tracks that mix in their other, newer, influences, like A Perfect Circle and Auf der Maur.

“Lame & Languid” is a perfect example of the older influences – the high vocals and the quiet-then-loud formula is in place. The first half of the album is softer, then gets harder as it goes along, heading more into that metal sound, almost punk, too. “Downward Spiral” has a build up that reminded me right away of The Offspring’s “Self Esteem.” “Thorns of Rose” is probably my favourite track on the disc, probably the most metal-sounding song on it. Starting with a feedback intro, the song picks up into a heavy, catchy, quick guitar riff. There is even a moment at the beginning of this song that reminds me of Primus.

Although they are a mix of old and new, I would like to point out here that I found they were a lot like a band from that era, one that didn’t get as popular as the rest – but could have been -- Failure. Failure had a lot of that sound that you find in A Perfect Circle, with the atmospheric guitars that give a fuller sound. However, Paradox does make it a little bit harder, leaning more towards metal.

That being said, I still want to give credit where credit is due. These brothers are extremely talented, undertaking the producing duties too. This album is a great effort. The songs are really tight. The only reason why I would mark this down is because as much as they are trying to fuse together new and old alt rock, it is too familiar. When it comes down to it, there may be a little too much of the old. As I sit here reviewing this in 2006, I would never have guessed that it was released only two years ago. It sounds dated – and definitely by more than two years. However, I do enjoy it; maybe it’s nostalgia.

Score: 7

- Mistress Kara

Unsigned Music Mag

There’s no question that Pete and Mike are two talented guys!!!
There’s no question that Pete and Mike are two talented guys, check the credits. I found it difficult to give my opinion because 5 of the 6 tracks on the website were just short samples. The only full length song was the last one “Downward Spiral” now that song kicked ass! Energy to the end.

Patrick Lew

A very killer Irish post-grunge/grunge band!
I know Paradox mainly because their frontman and main musician Pete Mac added my band on MySpace, Patrick Lew's Band that is! As a friend on my buddylist. And he later did the same for me on my personal Facebook page by adding me as a friend there!
Speaking of the music. I hear a lot of melodic hard rock, introspective lyrics and intricate and fluid melodies and arrangements. As a Grunge fanatic and Grunge musician myself, I hear a lot of Nirvana and Candlebox influences on this record they did. Although "Sacred" was released in 2004, it sounds like a time warp for me back to my childhood years growing up in the mid 90's. 1996 at least! The music, while sounds slightly modern and updated. It does indeed have that throwback post-grunge feel to it indeed. I feel, this music is pretty darn good for a modern Grunge act or group of musicians. Especially from Ireland and garnering rave reviews across the universe and having some airplay on their MySpace page and the radio. While there were a little bit of fluffy moments on the album, I think a lot of the songs were good, reminiscent of the mid 90's for myself and fun to hear. My favorite song on this album has to be, "Destressed", "What You Were" (which sounded to me like Buckcherry mixed with Candlebox) and the song "Sunburn Daze" which has a huge Nirvana-meets-Bush kind of sound!

Overall, this record was amazing and brought me back to a simpler time as a kid growing up on Grunge in the 90's. Yup! I recommend this record to anyone who loves Grunge music with bands like Candlebox, Nirvana, Silverchair, Bush and Alice In Chains. Along with people looking for some good modern Grunge still left in the world!

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PARADOX are a pulsing punkish grunge metal hailing from Cork, Ireland. Their mixture of high vocals and lightly heavy guitar on Sacred sort of reminds me of Motley Crue crossed with Green Day with Vince Neil/Curt Cobain singing. Some songs have the "Too Fast For Love" (Crue's first album) feel to them with lots of acoustic parts adding the Cobainish groove. The rythm section, adding a down to earth feel, make these guys fun to listen to. PARADOX is a pleasant mixture of grunge and light metal. If this is what you are into, I highly recommend PARADOX for YOU......