Concordia’s 11-track album speaks to the core of the self, alternating between hard lines and soft edges to complete their melodic song narrative.
Review by Danielle Boise
Concordia is a hard/alternative rock band out of Cleveland, Ohio. They released their first full-length album, Clarity of Perception, on February 7. Concordia has been compared to the likes of Chevelle and Linkin Park, and they provide an edgy quality to their melodic sense of song narrative style with catchy hooks and angst-ridden lyrics that speak to the core of the self. The 11-track album alternates between hard lines and soft edges with each song adding a different quality, all the while showcasing Concordia’s talent.
“Spoon-fed Sheep” has a power-driven bass line that pulsates with pensive lyrics. It feels like a message to the world as it is now, and how willing we are as a human race to follow blindly: “souls are sold to meet the agenda.” “Surrender” is hard around the edges with an intense angst that penetrates the chorus. ”White Horses” feels like much more delicate of a song, with a bit of a bite and need to it.
“2-U” starts softer as it builds, picking up the pace until it really cracks open with painful lyrics and heart-driven words. ”EOTW” is probably my personal favorite on the album. With its subtle, gorgeous lyrics, “sunshine falling through the edge of time,” the song feels sad, yet is a visual feast set to lavish lyrics. ”The Calling” is the hardest song on the album and walks a fine line between love and hate.
“Ghost of You” has a ticking clock feel to it, as if running out of time. This is a song that questions how long you wait for someone to be present. “Sorry for Now” is a bit aggressive, and “Edge of the Sky” feels bigger than its parts. It’s a romantic melody that almost has a lullaby quality to it, as it’s delicate and endearing. “Was It Worth It?” is a hurt-fueled string of questions with a pulsating need for answers. “Hubris” is the perfect way to end the album.
The whole album feels like a guys’ version of a bad breakup with the heart getting put in the blender and being shredded. Instead of going out and getting obliterated, though, Concordia made a fantastic, fully-formed thematic album, Clarity of Perception. For more information on Concordia, visit concordiaband.com.