The town Moncton lies at the geographic center of the Maritime Provinces, but in addition to the maritime there are also music in Moncton. One band from Moncton is Shades Of Sorrow and the music is a dynamic, eclectic offering with elements of prog, punk, old-school metal and even a modernized power ballad. Lyrically, it tells a story of destruction, reconstruction and the general musings of a walking contradiction. The writing has been a true collaborative process and it shows in the flow and cohesion of the self-produced album Paradow. It actually took three years to complete Paradox, and the track Break is the first single from the album. Break, is a mid-tempo rock jam about relationship breakdowns and repeating old patterns. Break is the official theme song of Innovative Hybrid Wrestling’s Maritime Cup 5. Wrestling footage provided by IHW.
The music of Paradox is immediately slapping you in the face from the beginning. The opening track, Follow Me Down To Hell, is a rager of resurrection after having felt dead inside for so long.. Picking up the tempo, the punk-sounding Notorious speaks of standing up for yourself and getting back up after being beat down. This is followed by the stoner/desert rock influenced fourth track, Cyanide, dealing with thoughts on the current state of world politics. Now past the halfway mark, Paradox, a modernized power ballad, slows things down. The track is fixated on bad timing and a longing for a life not meant to be. Facade picks up the pace again with its heavy-hitting look into the artificiality of social media. The closer, Fractured, winds things down with a prog-oriented journey into the destruction and reconstruction of a broken psyche.
As a whole, the album Paradox shakes things up, lets them settle, only to shake up everything again while retaining a flow throughout that is indicative of, and expanding upon, the classic Shades Of Sorrow style and sound.