Shifting is a new CD from a band called At the Soundawn, labelled as ambient hardcore though their music is more wide scope, this group play more than just hardcore music, they are also quite progressive with a rock/metal and jazz influence. An Italian group from Modena they have existed since the year 2000, with a few other releases behind them to date, At the Soundawn have also had a change in vocalist for this new recording.
At the Soundawn do experiment with their sound and introduce a range of instruments, keeping the listener entertained as many of the seven songs presented on here aren't short tunes. Vocals shift between appealing lighter clean parts and darker roars as does the intensity of their music, with plenty of space allocated for their instruments to have their turn to standout, at which they are very capable, without going over the top. This band has quite a heavier aspect to their sound, and a fair share of sedate music, also included is a rather pleasant instrumental called "Drifting Lights".
Every release has its pros and cons and this CD has its positives, one of which is the appealing feel of At the Soundawn's shifting compositions, while their musical diversity and creativity are other plusses.
1. Mudra: In Acceptance and Regret
2. 7th Moon
4. Drifting Lights
5. Black Waves
7. Prometheus Bring us the Fire