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Broken Past release Single-Video

Music fans who don’t appreciate potentially hot button topics in songwriting will, perhaps, recoil a bit from this track. This is music with a social consciousness, though Broken Past aren’t writing about some political issue – art honoring the risk soldiers take fighting for their country reaches back across multiple centuries.

It doesn’t push any other agenda besides depicting the brutality of war, its inane arbitrariness, and its lack of any dogmatic position elevates the overall listening experience.  Broken Past aren’t attempting to convince the listeners of anything – instead, they are performing and writing from a very personal place. It wouldn’t surprise me if one or more of the band members served in the military or have one or more family members who saw combat. It has the feel, both lyrically and musically, if emotion ripped from personal experience.

If it is not autobiographical, it is a compelling theatrical experience, nonetheless. Broken Past brings listeners into the world of the fallen with palpable vocal passion, a muscular musical arrangement, and a strong grip on how dynamics influence rock tracks.

Broken Past falls into the camp of hard rock with metal attributes, there are blazing and rugged passages built into the track that blitzkrieg the listener, but they understand how to orchestrate their music so that you taste assorted flavors. There’s nothing about this New Jersey band that you’d label workmanlike or flat-footed. Each of the band’s four members are present and accounted for during this recording.

Bassist Tony Rodriguez produced the track and boasts Trixter’s Steve Brown and John JD DeServio from Black Label Society handle the mixing duties. You can’t quibble at all with the results; it has a clean, crisp sound and excellent balance between the four instruments. Certain instruments come to the fore at appropriate points – Wayne White’s lead guitar work is highlighted, but Frank Acee’s singing bursts out of the speakers at key junctures. It has a thick bottom end without ever coming off as overpowering and hits hard without ever sounding brick-walled in tasteless fashion.

John McCall

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