RIYLExplosions In The Sky
The Gloria Record
The Appleseed Cast
2. Yesterday We Had It All
3. Walking Away From What You Deserve
4. August on Fire
5. Where Beauty Never Dies
6. The Golden Record
7. All This Time
9. Winter Is Always Good For Broken Hearts
11. Crash And Burn
12. Pilot's Last Broadcast
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Coming out of Austin, TX can be a daunting task for a band. If you plan to get recognized at all then you must be really good or have such a unique sound that someone is sure to listen to you. For Hundred Year Storm that element isn’t necessarily completely defined, but they do seem to take a step forward for the atmospheric/space rock of the christian music industry. Although they can be defined as such, they aren’t confined to that category, which has been a stigma for many bands in the past.
All stigmas aside, HYS is looking to make their mark with their album Hello From The Children of Planet Earth. This sixty-two minute musical endeavor is a twelve-track trek through an atmospheric soundscape. Throughout the album there are several placed sound clips of NASA loops and the final track has a pilot’s radio transmission that is a rather stunning track. It gives a heartfelt feel of that flight going down and hearing the last words of those involved. Although the last track of the album clocks in at just less than eight minutes it works for them, however the tracks that work really well for them are the tracks that come in at around three minutes.
There is enough happening in each of these songs, however it is unfortunate to say that these lengthy tracks just don’t have the sustenance needed to keep the life present in them. Much of the atmospheric sound just seems to come across as filler for an album that has an average track length of five minutes and twenty-one seconds. Now this isn’t to say that these longer tracks don’t add great character to the album, but again several of these tracks just become lengthy and the attention of the listener quickly diminishes.
This album is a long voyage that could easily have been shortened. Hundred Year Storm tries so eloquently to make their musical statement with this album. They are screaming it loud and clear. It is only a matter of who may or may not be listening. Whether you hear it or not they’re saying “Hello From The Children of Planet Earth.”