Pittsburgh folk punk group, The Hills and the Rivers, appropriately released their album Apocalyptic Dreams last November, and it's the perfect music for the modern times. With both XVI - The Tower, and XX - Judgement's, symbology woven together into the album cover, this album promises right from the start to tell a story of the upheaval our world is going through.
"Secondhand Grin" goes through a few musical shifts, showcasing this band's excellent musicianship.
"The Tower" starts off with the card from Tarot's Major Arcana of the same name - which represents such things as chaos, upheaval, and destruction, losing the "crown" that you've built up as things start to come crashing down - then applies that to our lives in the world today. All with a catchy chorus.
"The Collapse" follows, with some descriptive apocalyptic imagery, laid over a smooth melody.
"Sorrow" is slower, with some lower vibrations, but it really hits home with how many of us feel right now.
"Lift the Veil" conjurs up more apocalyptic imagery, outright saying, "We are living in an apocalyptic dream."
"Lot's Wife" was good, but the symbology went beyond me on this one.
"Wild Wolves" asks questions about nature - is everything just chaos, or is there an order?
"Misery's Company" brings up things like how all life is meaningless, and everyone dies, but that we can't think that's all we are.
"Folk Steady" is a groovy finish to a great album that lifts the energy back and gets you wanting to create some movement.
Check out Apocalyptic Dreams on Bandcamp before it's too late!
Also, see album reviews for Straight Line Arrival - If No Place, or Broken Glass Kids - Another Step Back