Chaotic Divine

by REZN

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Földváry László
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Földváry László Bass!!! had to turn down the bass, Very ceuwl! I really like every track, exactly what excepted, very nice Cover to. Relay proud to have this one. Favorite track: Waves Of Sand.
Rowan
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Rowan I’d been in love w/ REZN since “Water” dropped but holy hell, this album squarely beat its way to the top of my list in a heavy heartbeat. “Divine”s release came at a time when I needed it most. My wife adores it too, so it’s become a shared favorite~ From the bottom of our hearts, thank you REZN Favorite track: Mother / Forever Time.
Charlie Hodgson
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Charlie Hodgson A nice mix between heavy and slow relaxing tracks, I like the use of the saxophone on a lot of the tracks, it's not overused or underused but just right and I've listened around 7 times so far and still haven't taken in all this album has to offer. Favorite track: Garden Green.
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1.
Emerging 07:08
When ends cease to begin The answer lies within Emerging from the realm Where life and death eclipse See fountains overflow Cascading vertigo Surreal perpetual Body and mind divide Time wavers in the air Red sun's eternal stare Up towards the dark above Exists tomorrow's light Beneath the dormant sand Appears a withered hand Dreams manifest themselves Beyond your wildest fears When ends cease to begin The answer lies within Emerging from the realm inside See fountains overflow Cascading vertigo Surreal perpetual design
2.
Iridescent shrine Hidden in plain sight Sacred shimmers hypnotize Shifts tectonic plates Supernatural gates Summoned right before your eyes Sub-terrestrial maze Spewing astral haze Brings you to ancestral halls From the murky lair Creatures stop and stare You're the stranger after all
3.
Garden Green 04:27
Search far and wide Lucidity running dry Looking for something that's never there One speck of life Illuminates desperate eyes Salvation blooming within despair Bask in the sight The kingdom of your demise Slowly approaching the garden green Cruel paradise Mirage unveils its disguise Drink up the poisonous reverie
4.
The path within is never lit Descending into the abyss In seas of change and baron wastes All but you decides your fate See future wisdom fill the walls Predicts the history of it all The moment panic fills your brain You stand before an empty grave Just before your life turns gray Golden Teacher shows the way Morphing shadows guise the real Figures made of fear congeal From the corner something breathes Killing what you once believed Smoke suffocates the sky Fulfilled with never knowing why The final light is glowing dim Bow before the reaper grim
5.
Clear I 03:40
6.
Optic Echo 05:53
Something lures you down below Towards a radiant unknown Filled with all you've left behind Now you're buried to your eyes All you want and more Just beyond the door Quicksand promise - sinking in Quicksand promise - think again Seeking wisdom in the gold As your blood is turning cold Blind illusions set you free When your death is guaranteed All you want and more Just beyond the door All you want and more Falling through the floor Quicksand promise - sinking in Quicksand promise - think again
7.
Psychic secret Breathing tempest Nature's language Speaking omnipresent Light years away Planets create Sublime substrate Divine pollination Vessels ideal Terrain conceals Knowledge unreal Hidden information
8.
Mirrored rooms and endless stairs Out of sight but always there Winding tunnels to your soul Feel the body take control You will find peace of mind Drowning in the emptiness (you will find) Solitude without the bliss Desolation creeping in (peace of mind) Close your eyes and look within Nothing left but dust and stone Pillars carved into the bone Echoes move throughout the halls Inner architecture calls You will find peace of mind Drowning in the emptiness (you will find) Solitude without the bliss Desolation creeping in (peace of mind) Close your eyes and look within
9.
Scarab 04:06
Sick in the head Over the edge Crawling under your skin Out of your mind Leave it behind You won't know where it went Disintegrate Stealing your face Normal seems so bizarre Restimulate Ego erased You don't know what you are Look to the sky Cosmos align Feel yourself disappear Reaching the goal Total control You've become theta clear
10.
Clear II 02:46
11.
Parting with the world you thought you knew Sacrifice the home from where you grew Say goodbye to all you know is true Recognize the face behind the mask Letting go desires of the past Tangible possessions never last Breaking through to inner realms beyond Witnessing a strange phenomenon The human voice echoes on and on

about

REZN’s newest offering Chaotic Divine continues their melding of gargantuan heaviness and lysergic calm. Additionally, it continues the band’s penchant for tying the music to a visual landscape. Let It Burn revolved around a cosmic and volcanic terrain inspired by the vastness of space; Calm Black Water conjured the deepest trenches of the ocean; and Chaotic Divine presents an endless desert world inoculated by spores from extra/intra-terrestrial beings.

The conceptual element is buoyed by the continued cover art contributions from Allyson Medeiros, whose post-apocalyptic landscape for Chaotic Divine recalls the epic fantasy spirit of Roger Dean’s classic ‘70s album art. The album was engineered by Dylan Piskula (DEN, Bruges) at JAMDEK in Chicago in December 2019, mixed by Matt Russell (Bruges, Moral Void), mastered by Carl Saff, and pressed as a 2xLP at Chicago’s Smashed Plastic vinyl plant. All facets of production were done in Chicago with the band’s oversight.

Chaotic Divine opens with the seismic meditation “Emerging,” a thrilling embarkation for the double-album’s journey through cataclysmic riffs and sublime sonic haze. “Waves of Sand” saves the big-riff payoff until the final third of the song, using a slow tension-building sprawl to color the aural environment with hallucinatory saxophone lines and helium-grade ethereal guitars. REZN albums have always focused on the big picture, with songs threaded together to form one epic composition, and that approach is visible in moments like “Garden Green”—with its Pink Floydian unorthodox melodicism and tempered reserve—fluidly segueing into the hammer-fisted pummeling of “The Door Opens.” Across the second half of the album, the band continues to employ psychedelic elements to give the heavier moments a more somber and meaningful presence, while the big pay-offs provide room for the narcotic and hallucinatory moments to breath and come into their own. This tactic is especially noticeable when instrumental synth-driven passages “Clear I” and “Clear II” morph into the King Crimson-on-cough-syrup psych-folk and guitar-and-sax riffage of “Optic Echo” and “The Still Center.” The result is an album of textural delights and organic evolutions, all rendered in the studio with the band tracking the music live as a full unit over the course of six days.

REZN’s reputation has already quickly spread like wildfire through the ranks of doom aficionados, tone chasers, and psych junkies, but with the next-level toke-and-dirge odyssey of Chaotic Divine, the Chicago ensemble is poised to raze the Earth with even loftier cosmic heights and gnarlier bottom-feeder lows.
- Brian Cook

credits

released October 1, 2020

Art designed by Allyson Medeiros
Music and lyrics written by REZN
Performed by REZN

Rob McWilliams: Guitar / Vocals / Oud
Phil Cangelosi: Bass / Vocals / Bağlama / Rainstick
Patrick Dunn: Drums / Percussion / Sitar / Moisturizer
Spencer Ouellette: Synthesizers / Saxophone / Flute / Percussion

Recorded December 2019 at JAMDEK, Chicago, IL
Engineered by Dylan Piskula
Mixed by Matt Russell
Mastered by Carl Saff
Layout by Future Wisdom
Vinyl pressed by Smashed Plastic
High praise to Tjeerd, Dean, Keith, Jet, Doug, Tori, Lume, & Junie

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