3 is a band that can’t be simply described. The best way to put them is a “progressive-avant-garde-rock-metal” band, but that would be missing elements of their broad sound. This is my first experience with 3 and I realize what I’ve been missing out on. I’m planning on buying all of their past albums after listening to this. They have something for everyone.
Do you like adventurous songwriting? Then “React” has what you need. The first band that came to mind with regards to the songwriting was Coheed and Cambria. Of course, this shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, since Joey Eppard founded the band with his brother Josh Eppard, the ex-drummer for C&C (and currently the drummer for Terrible Things as well as a rapper under the name Weerd Science). With a sultry vocal opening over string arrangements to draw your attention, they go back and forth from this and the rock chorus that has Joey going outward in a classic rock fashion not too unlike Boston, but in the best way possible.
Turning up the heaviness, “Sparrow” delivers an array of styles: prog metal, ’90s punk-like verses, southern metal bridges, and Joey’s siren-like vocals that are unparalleled in the music industry. It gives a Red Fang vibe on the southern metal vocal arrangements and some down-south guitar riffs are scattered throughout the song, once again proving that genres cannot define a band.
“Numbers” will be a strong contender for ‘track of the year’. Very soft guitars and trance-like vocals relax you until Joey demands your attention with his absolutely incredible singing. I’m inclined to say that the chorus is alternative metal, but this band continues to blow my mind with the amount of different influences they incorporate into every song. If this isn’t music to get stoned to, I don’t know what is.
For people who are scared to experience many flavors, you can find your refuge in “One With The Sun.” It’s an instantly catchy tune that would find a good home on any movie soundtrack. This is the song that is playing in people’s heads when they’re high on life and happy 24 hours out of the day. If you’re in a bad mood, this is the song that will lift your spirits. Simply beautiful.
The guitar sections of “The Ghost You Gave To Me” has a slight nu-metal-feel, with Disturbed-like subtle chugging, but you can’t go wrong with Joey’s voice. It’s one of the heavier tracks, but don’t expect a ‘slam your fist to the floor’ kind of heavy. Think that they are playing the exact same light guitar exploration that’s evident throughout the album, except that they down-tuned their guitars. The vocals still take center stage above all the instruments. This album couldn’t have reached the same sort of impact without the excellent mixing and sound mastering job, so be sure to give credit to those guys as well.
I cannot recommend this album enough to everyone I know. There is something for everyone on here, but I can say that even without the singer’s relation to Josh Eppard of Coheed and Cambria fame, this has a C&C feel to it. This is a must have for rock and metal lovers.