Album Review: Be Well – The Weight And The Cost

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Be Well

The Weight And The Cost - Equal Vision Records

Be Well introduce themselves to we the music loving throng, by way of debut album called ‘The Weight And The Cost’ out on August 21st via Equal Vision Records which in it self holds so much as a title, emotional baggage that costs so much when bottled up, but can be so uplifting when shared.  

What’s certainly not lacking within the first few lines of the opening song ‘Meaningless Measures’ is a holding back of the raw emotion that seems to be embedded throughout the whole of this album.  With record producer Brian McTernan fronting the band, the production as you might imagine is full on and the energy that has been thrown into the writing and performing definitely has been pumped up a notch or three.

Dealing with demons that have followed you around for so long, putting them out there in your songs, is probably one of the most heart wrenching things you can do as an artist, but what you get from this, is a pure unadulterated passion filled pouring out emotion.  

‘Strength For Breath’ is one of many stand out tracks that also gives a look into the depth of influence that makes up the band, with Brian McTernan (Turnstile, Thrice, Hot Water Music), and includes guitarists Mike Schleibaum (Darkest Hour) and Peter Tsouras (Fairweather), bassist Aaron Dalbec (Bane), and drummer Shane Johnson (Fairweather), it shows off how 90’s Hardcore that is surrounded by just enough melody, can work to bring a new 2020 sound.

‘The Weight And The Cost’ title track, has been placed perfectly in the middle of the album, only for the chance to catch your breath for almost four minutes, at least in a musical sense, although it does build to a frenzy, which does fit the subject matter, what seems to be a looking deep within and the realisation of how carrying a weight of self doubt, burying it deep and not dealing with it can create more problems as the years go by, then looking back with a sense of regret for the wasted years of not dealing with the demons.

With a whole world of bleeding out, this is a bit of a drain on your emotions.  For this reason, I do have to confess that only listening to a few tracks at a time was only sane way it could be fully appreciated.  You get to the final and most heart warming track ‘Confessional’ with its optimism for the future of Brian’s daughter and himself too.

A huge outpouring backed by a massive sound.

 

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