The Qemists – Warrior Sound
Electronic music—reminiscent of summer festivals filled with college students—always keeps the mood light, so everyone can dance away their stress.
Warrior Sound, the newest album from drum & bass/electronic rock band, The Qemists, fills the listener with similar sentiments. However, The Qemists don’t sound like most groups you’d hear at Electric Zoo. In fact, the band’s existence thrives upon their ability to seamlessly mix together the beats of the rave and the rebellious energy of a hard rock show.
Musically, the album contains elements that can’t be defined as one genre. Heavy rave beats, angry rap verses, and melodic rock choruses are some of the ingredients of this fine creation. However, Warrior Sound does not simply throw together a variety of sounds; the album blends the sounds together as if they were all in the same genre.
Lyrically, this album is an example of what happens when a band develops an identity through their music while perfecting their unique sound. With lyrical themes circling around creating positive change in our world and standing up against political corruption, Warrior Sound is full of inspiration.
“Run You,” the second single from the album, provides a great example of the band’s empowering lyrics:
But I won't be confined by their regimented borders
We hold the strength of over fifty thousand soldiers
We're not duty bound to anybody's orders
(C'mon everybody now) Don't let 'em run you
Ironically, the lyrics also are the only thing The Qemists could improve. While well-written, the words of Warrior Sound fail to create a cohesive message. I often find myself guessing at whether the album is meant to encourage a political revolution or simply independence.
Overall, this album is written by talented musicians that know how to blend sounds and leave fans energized.
8,000 out of 10,000 Rawckus Kung Fu Throwing Stars.