Relevant Discord | The Pathways of Brokenness, Vol. 01 (Demo)

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The Pathways of Brokenness, Vol. 01 (Demo)

by Relevant Discord

DEMO release highlighting rough draft versions of the band's earlier work. Post-grunge, experimental modern rock with string infusions.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Refrain
4:36 album only
2. Today We Remember
5:47 album only
3. Law of Constants
5:23 album only
4. The End of Silence
4:35 album only
5. We're In This Together
6:39 album only


Album Notes
“The Pathways of Brokenness – Volume 01” is the debut DEMO release from Relevant Discord that helped open the door to their more professional works. Predominantly raw, driving, angst-ridden, and minimally produced, it is the sound of a band getting its feet wet with homemade tracks. Songs like “The Refrain” and “We’re in this Together” (a rough draft cover of the Nine Inch Nails hit) rarely relent after picking up speed. However, songs like “Today We Remember” and “Law of Constants” take much of that same energy and offset it occasionally with pensive moments of string infused reflection. The song “The End of Silence” takes a slightly different approach than most of the EP’s other tracks. On this song, the driving, visceral nature is traded in for a warm yet haunting tone. String work, piano accents, and a variety of harmonics and feedback combine to create an atmosphere that is both ascending and inviting. It is this atmosphere that carries into the introduction of “We’re in this Together,” as the two tracks flow one into the next without pausing.

Musically, “The Pathways of Brokenness – Volume 01” pulls from a variety of influences. Very present are the sounds of earlier grunge (Live, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden) combined with that of modern rock acts that approached the genre with updated techniques (Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Chevelle, A Perfect Circle, Flyleaf, Seether, Three Days Grace). In addition to the grunge elements, the EP incorporates a moderate amount of string work with occasional piano accents (similar to Evanescence). These additions are used carefully to build a given song’s tension, to create a sense of beauty, and/or to take driving moments to a higher plateau. Lastly, “The Pathways of Brokenness – Volume 01” adds little touches of texture by incorporating a variety of industrial related elements (in the nature of Nine Inch Nails or Filter). Nothing on the industrial front is overdone. Instead, little bits and pieces are added every now and again to add depth and color.

Lyrically, “The Pathways of Brokenness – Volume 01” takes listeners on a brief yet poignant journey. “The Refrain” and “Today We Remember” start things off by exploring the depth of emotions and realities pertaining to loss, loneliness, reflection, and grief. However, things take an essential turn with “Law of Constants.” It is here that the audience is invited to start searching for stability in the midst of life’s varying storms. The tracks “The End of Silence” and “We’re in this Together” wrap things up by encouraging listeners to find the strength they need to survive, despite disappointments and set-backs. While the EP as a whole has a flowing message of both acknowledging and overcoming a vast array of hardships, every song is written in an open way so that each individual listener can relate their own experiences to the context.



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