Music Review- MaybeIBelonginaDumpster by Far From

4/5

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Listen to MaybeIBelonginaDumpster.

4/5

Only a few hours prior to the publication of this post, Far From released a new music video for their song MaybeIBelonginaDumpster. If you have yet to hear their previous song, Witness, I highly recommend you give it a listen and read my review for it. If you have no clue about who Far From is, and have not read that review, they are a rising heavy metal band which consists of Treston Ebert (vocals), Taylor Simpson (guitar), Brian Jackel (bass), and George Pierce (drums).

The song is just over 4 minutes and 15 seconds long, yet the speed and intensity made it feel about half that length. The ending was stunningly drawn out, slowly fading out which allows for the song to come to a natural ending, rather than sounding forced.

The musical talent that both Taylor Simpson and Brian Jackel possess, is enough to make even the most cautious of us, want to try out a guitar or bass for ourselves. Together, Simpson and Jackel set the scene for the whole song, creating amazing breakdowns. George Pierce and Treston Ebert use their own skills to enhance this piece, and the four of them are making something truly harmonious. Ebert has a voice for screaming, and he does not hold back from doing just that. Pierce’s part on the drums plays a huge part in the tempo, indicating what can be expected.

The breaks in MaybeIBelonginaDumpster felt very natural, thanks to Pierce. Jackel and Simpson did not abruptly stop, they let themselves slow down as Pierce’s drumming grew softer. And as it picked up, within seconds, hearing anything other than Ebert’s voice would be a crime. Far From created art with this piece.

On the topic of art, the music video held an artistic position itself. As the song is ending, it focuses on Simpson, who carries himself with a softness that encompasses the end perfectly. The lighting and tone of the video portrays something delicate, something easily broken. It would have been more fitting to see a video that shot a harsher side, gave a sense of perseverance rather than giving in. Yet, it was still a beautiful song to both listen to, and watch.

What helped Far From get the rating they did, is that I can see the changes they have already made. Comparing MaybeIBelonginaDumpster to Witness, you can see the growth Far From already displays, and one can only sit back and applaud them for creating what they have. I hope to see them grow more as a band, and as individuals.

 

Music Review- Witness by Far From

3.5/5

Listen to Witness.

3.5/5

For our first music review, we have chosen Witness by an aspiring heavy metal band, Far From. In this band, we have George Pierce on drums, Brian Jackel on bass, Taylor Simpson on guitar, and Treston Ebert as vocals.

The intro to Witness is about 4 seconds long, but those first few notes are enough for the listener to know how heavy the song is. It sets the mood for the song, and is an indication of the speed, and talent, you are listening to.

Treston Ebert has a thick voice, made for the type of vocals he is doing. He has constructed the right vocal melody to make even the softest of us want to headbang. Screaming is not for everyone, but it is undeniable that Ebert is able to incorporate his passion into his vocalist skills.

Two of my, personal, favourite lines are “Why do we have to fight for peace?” and “It’s useless to meet revenge with revenge.” Violence is something we are becoming desensitized to, and Far From is trying to tell their listeners that. We go in these circles, taking life for life, and most of us do not bother to stop and ask “Why are doing this?” Far From writes incredibly meaningful lyrics in Witness, and it really allows for us to question our own lust for pain and revenge. Heavy metal is also thought to promote violence and death, so the contrast between the music and the lyrics adds a considerable amount to the song.

The rhythm and melody of Witness is good, however there are some pauses in the music that almost seem unnatural. Near the end, there is near silence before the song wraps up, making it feel as though something is missing. When Ebert takes a break from screaming, all we here is either bass and/or the guitar, making those pauses quieter and softer. There is nothing wrong with that, as it indicates typically a change, but most people expect a few lines of singing when that happens. So when Ebert comes back in, as loud as before, it makes the whole song appear to be repetitive.

I am looking forward to another song, or hopefully an album, to be released because Far From has quite a lot of potential, which tends to be more and more rare in the music scene. They have raw talent, and bring up real issues in their song, Witness. If they are given the opportunity, I have no doubt Far From will grow stronger as a band and be able to create something truly beautiful.