Sonic Disorder: Human Kind (Album Review)

  
Sonic Disorder: Human Kind (Album Review)

Review by Rob Watts. Follow @RobWattsOnline

Boston’s Sonic Disorder continues to develop and refine its template of hard-edged, yet melodic sound on their sophomoric effort Human Kind. Their long-awaited follow-up to their 2008 debut release reaches for new heights—having largely eschewed the grunge/punk overtones of their previous album, Human Kind solicits a more somber downcast, riding tandem with a captivated and intoxicated vibe. Engineered for instant impact, songs such as Dirty Window, Demons in the Dark and the title track showcase well-balanced drum and bass thumping, blended perfectly with the gazing guitar overlay. Songs such as A Sign of Things to Come? carries a beautifully pensive and moody tone throughout the track and features a well-placed atmospheric cello performance by guitarist Jeff Briggette. Toy Soldier Part One, leading into Toy Soldier is a progressive step ahead while still maintaining that foggy, misty morning framework that the band started on their debut. Saturated with wavy guitars and a pounding backbeat, it’s surely destined to be a live crowd pleaser. Human Kind features new vocalist Steve DiPersio, replacing former frontman Jeff Boyle. Fans of the band won’t sense such a blatant exchange, however, as DiPersio delivers everything that was great about their debut album while maintaining his own identity as a perfectly-metered rock vocalist. Just Another Day truly shines a light on his soulful, melodic and hard rock abilities. Human Kind certainly eclipses their previous release in regards to songwriting, melody and structure. This in no way diminishes the value of that album. It simply states that Sonic Disorder used their gap of time between releases to their advantage, creating a focused and cohesive collection of music that is worthy of their dedicated fans’ patience.

Learn more about the band and their album at SonicDisorder.com

Sonic Disorder- Self-Titled CD

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*Originally published in January 2009

Whoever said grunge is dead will have to answer to the guys inSonic Disorder. Hailing from Boston’s South Shore, the band has produced a gritty and snarling no-holds rock album with heavy guitar solos and hell-bound vocals. Melodic at times, tracks such as “Don’t Know Why” could rival the band Staind while “Throw Myself” could easily be mistaken for early Stone Temple Pilots. That’s not to say that Sonic Disorder is a hodge-podge of the once great grunge mutiny of the nineties. Far from it. A truly great rock album knows how to use talented musicians to its advantage and Sonic Disorder does so brilliantly. Wisely leaving it at ten-tracks, the album allows itself to inject anger, despair and seamy harmonies in an efficient manner while leaving a lasting impression upon a complete listen. If this album is an indication of the band’s creative potential, then I surely look forward to a promising future for this Weymouth, Massachusetts band. Check them out and help keep solid rock music alive and well. (Rob Watts)