The Theme or Le Delire de Negation by False Haruspex
Despite their perplexing band name (which I'm almost certain they stole from the lyric of a Clutch song) False Haruspex have created a monster of an album. The Theme is difficult to describe, as it is stylistically rather far-reaching. It rocks hard, has moments of crushing doom, moments of overwhelming beauty, plenty of nerdy prog-rock interplay, and lots of noise; all of it tied up into a cohesive, album length composition. The band's prog-rock influences are certainly apparent in the piece yet they favour atmosphere and mood over gratuitous soloing. Rather than being an overblown wank-fest, with each section serving to show just how clever the writers and performers can be, The Theme has more of a film score quality to it. It rocks hard, and cleverness does abound, but it makes sense when all is said and done, even to the non-musician listener. The visual imagery conjured up by the music is vivid, and it takes you on a journey filled with unexpected side trips (some pleasant, some terrifying) before eventually taking you to exactly where you want to be. That is to say: This album totally rules.
I don't know who to compare these guys to, and neither do they, but you'll probably dig them if you're into good music in general. I wish I could make it easy for you by tagging this release with a huge list of recognizable band names, but I'm at a loss... and it would feel sort of like cheating. Feel free to offer any suggestions.
Individual human beings are free (even encouraged) to sample this music for their own, personal, non-commercial, creative works. Just give the False Haruspices credit for their work... and by all means, let us hear what you've made. Contact us if you'd like to acquire any or all of the individual multi-track files for remixing, rearranging, sampling, etc. On the other hand, any human being acting on behalf of any corporation, political or religious organization, society, or any agenda-driven collective, may go straight to Hell. By that I mean: No, you absolutely do not have permission to use any portion of this creative work, in any way, shape or form, for any reason whatsoever. Having said that, if you really want to sample this music for commercial purposes, and you're confident in your ability to persuade us that you're not one of Satan's minions, get in touch and we'll discuss the finer details of selling out... I mean, licensing.
Composed and performed by: Gregory Straathof, David Lamden, Rob Gilliland, Mike Toscarelli
Featuring: Sophie Sanford, Richard Wong, Audrey Houle, Matt Emig, Gremislav Iako)))vich
Engineered by: Gregory Straathof, Rob Gilliland, Mike Toscarelli