Sonic Praise

Ecstatic Vision

I've always known the music industry has some weird genres out there and sometimes the […]
By MarcusTheRocker
October 5, 2015
Ecstatic Vision - Sonic Praise album cover

I've always known the music industry has some weird genres out there and sometimes the resulting music has also been pretty weird. Sometimes it's weirdness can be it's biggest selling point as often it will have some kind of weird charm that draws you to it. Others though are so weird that you can often be left puzzled as to what the hell it is you're actually listening to.
Sometimes that's happened to me as there's weird music I find charming and like-able but at the same time there's music which is so weird that I cannot find myself liking it. You'd have to listen to some in order to get what I'm on about - but enough talk, let's get on to the subject of today's review which is an album in the Psychedelic genre.
Sorry for the weird end to the above section but I've never heard of a genre like that existing in the music industry before until now but I guess you do learn something new everyday. The album which I am reviewing is in that very genre and it is the debut from new band ECSTATIC VISION who have recently released their five track debut "Sonic Praise" and I'm here to see if it's one of those weird releases which has a charm that makes you like it or one that repels you. Let's see which is which shall we?
Because they are a fairly new band, there's not really much history I can discuss so let's dive forward into the music and already it's getting off to a bad start. I don't even know where I should start so I guess I'll begin with the music. It's hard really to describe what this sounds like but if I had to explain it, I'd say it's like being high on drugs surrounded by a group of hippies who are also equally high.
I know that's an extreme way of putting it but that is genuinely what it sounds like as you cannot make out any music at all let alone rock sounds. I know there are guitars and drums present and I can sort of hear them but the music sounds so bizarre that it can often be hard to hear what is actually going on. The same can also be said for the vocals as I cannot seem to make out any kind of lyrics at all during the singers performance.
The music is a weird combination of hard to hear rock instruments and a frankly un-needed collection of weird sound effects which have no place at all on a rock album. They would be allowed if they were only used mildly or sparingly but if they are over-used or abused to death like they are on this one then forget it. I can't really describe what these sound effects are so you'll have to give this a listen yourself to find out why I have my concerns.
If I had to sum up this album in one final statement it would be this: If you ever wanted to experience what it may be like being high on drugs, then "Sonic Praise" by ECSTATIC VISION may be for you. Even if you've never been on drugs before, such as myself, then maybe this will be a good way of keeping you off it so you never have to experience the same weirdness that is transcribed in the music on this CD. If you like weird psychedelic sounding stuff then you may take a shine to it but for me it doesn't sit as its weirdness repels me rather then drawing me to it.

2 / 10

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"Sonic Praise" Track-listing:

1. Journey
2. Astral Plane
3. Don't Kill The Vibe
4. Sonic Praise
5. Cross The Divide

Ecstatic Vision Lineup:

Doug Sabolik
Michael Field Connor
Jordan Crouse

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