Tragic Earth (Hard Rock/Metal) - Melbourne, Australia
Tragic Earth is a 4-piece hard rock act from Melbourne, Australia. The band’s sound takes in elements of grunge, metal and stadium rock with big riffs and choruses, fused with floating vocal melodies and delivered with a blistering live show. The band believes in a message of hope and perseverance, dealing with problems faced in modern day society, using lyrics and emotion as an unlikely light in a familiar darkness common to many individuals.
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"Hatred & Tolerance" Album Review
Rock music has been under a microscope lately with some say it's dying and others saying it's better than ever. If bands like Tragic Earth have anything to say about it, they'll gladly grab the torch of rock and run with it. Tragic Earth are here to make a statement in the rock world and their "Hatred And Tolerance" album does just that. "Fade" opens up the album with a very smooth guitar riff which leads into an almost marching cadence before blowing into some high octane rock sound. There's a lot going on in the track with an extreme amount of melody, guitar riffs flying in and out and some crunch to add to the depth. The track is a great opener to set the tone. "Bittersweet Reality" features a sound that would draw comparisons to Iron Maiden. The driving force of rock on the track combined with the stellar guitar work really makes this a stand out track. "Future Bleak Society" kicks things up a notch and delivers on an almost metal sound. The track features some natural heaviness and will surely get some heads banging and singing along. "Bury Me" is a rockin' good time of a track. We dare you not to tap your foot or bang your head to the overall catchy effect of the track. "Voices" is the single off the album and it does not disappoint. The mixture or grunge, arena rock and metal are on full display on the track. It's such a delight of a track that really showcases the bands talents perfectly. "What If" slows things down a bit with an almost Buckcherry sound. The track might be slower but it still packs a ton of punch. "Pretty Vacant" is a downright kick ass rock track. The track erupts right away and doesn't let go. Everything about the track is out of this world. "Morbid Fascination" is an acoustic instrumental track that helps mix things up. It might be just a minute or so long but it's really some incredible guitar work. "Russian Roulette" ups the ante on the pace and looks to destroy everything in its path. The track is a prime example that Tragic Earth are here to take no prisoners in the rock genre. "Necessary Commentary" has that 70's rock sound down pat. The track should be a crowd favorite with its highly infectious chorus and easy to sing along verses. "The Taste Of Wasted" brings back the crunch and attitude of the previous "Pretty Vacant" track. It's a tremendous track that knows how to take things up a level. "Overflow" slows things down as its an acoustic track that knows how to pull at the heartstrings. "The Curse Of The Nocturnal Entity" simply knocks it out of the park as a closer. As a closer on such a high quality album, the track works wonders and doesn't let up on quality. The track and album are a breath of fresh air to the rock genre.
Tragic Earth are here to make a statement in the rock world and their "Hatred And Tolerance" album does just that.
1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Tragic Earth” and is there any meaning behind it?
I originally wanted to be a guitarist until my then neighbor was a drummer, I had seen him play and after that I was hooked on drums. I grew up listening to Kiss, Bon Jovi, Iron Maiden, Motley Crue, Metallica, Megadeth, Judas Priest, Anthrax and many more of those stadium arena bands and once I saw Kiss' 1984 concert for the then album "Animalize", I simply was blown away how four guys could make thousands of people go into a frenzy, and said to myself I want in on that. So I started playing each day before school started the drums and then once I got home I would head over to my neighbors place and play drums again until he got home. It just became a ritual to play to his records and try and copy what was going on with each track.
I thought of the name "Tragic Earth" and it just seemed to fit the mold of what I wanted to put together and how I was perceiving the world with the many issues that have been going on for the better part of 20 years now and some even longer. I wanted the name to strike a chord with people and stand out instantly and that's how the name "Tragic Earth" was born.
2. What do you want listeners to take away from the "Hatred And Tolerance" album?
The listeners will get in some ways where we left off with our debut EP with strong heavy riffs and grooves. In other ways the songs have enhanced our sound even more with different moods both heavy in lyrical content and not so heavy in musical style. It's really a collection of 13 tracks that take you on a journey through personal situations and also based loosely on society issues as well. What won't confuse anyone is that it's a real rock album with substance not following any trends nor trying to only draw on past era's or bands.
3. What can people expect from your live show?
We aren't trying to reinvent the wheel here. You will get four guys that will give you everything they have each night. We make no apologies in saying that we are aiming to be an arena band and the world is crying out for a new Guns & Roses to have that edge not only in songs but in performance. Just ask the people of Warburtion or Bendigo. A lot of people are finding us refreshing because we are bringing back rock with substance that has good music accompanied equally with thought provoking lyrics and power onslaught of a performance that leaves people with nothing else to say but WOW!
4. What's your favorite track to play live?
That's a really hard question to answer because I have several but if I have to answer for just one track it would have to be "Bittersweet Reality".
5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?
At this stage of our career we don't have a preferred amount of bands we want to tour with. We wanna play with anyone who wants to share a stage with us. We are definitely a band that wants to tour all parts of the world with as many bands as possible. In terms of Australian bands, we would love to share stages with The Baby Animals, The Screaming Jets and next time with AC/DC.
6. Any crazy show stories?
Yes, that's what makes touring fun. There was one night in Rural Victoria we were playing a show and it was a place where the crowd loved their live music and liked to party as well. That makes for a lot of things to happen without any control such as a few women completely getting naked and dancing on top of the bar right in front of us. The best part about it was that it was only our first night of a two night stay at that venue. The next night I woke up in the park down the street not really knowing how I got there.
7. What’s your take on the current state of rock?
The state of rock hasn't recovered from the change that the 90's brought. I'm not saying I blame grunge because we got Alice In Chains and Soundgarden. Both two hugely big influences on me also. But rock has lost that larger than life appeal it once had and that's where we are giving you a show to say "ok this is great I haven't seen this before or in many years". It's about time a new band came along and gave people something to get excited about rather than just relying on the elder types because it's a safe bet.
8. What’s the current music scene like there in the Australia both locally and country wide?
Melbourne has the strongest scene here in Australia. There is an amazing amount of bands going around that are quality. In many senses we have recreated the strip in LA of the 80's here in Melbourne but that's not saying the bands are dated sounding. It just becomes really tough to decide which gig to go to when you have bands playing all over the city on any given night. It's an exciting time to be a part of this movement and I'm confident you will be seeing many Aussie bands abroad in due time mixing it with the big boys. The rest of the country has a scene also, we recently traveled to Brisbane Queensland and played with some great bands there as well as Adelaide in South Australia.
9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?
I have no problem on any legal downloading, you're still purchasing the album or song the artist created. I for one prefer to still buy CDs and vinyls. Illegal downloading is a problem but I think if someone generally likes the content you have put out they wanna do the right thing and buy it in some format rather than just have a song from a site without a face.
10. What’s next for Tragic Earth?
The new album "Hatred and Tolerance" just came out a week ago so right now it's all about touring and supporting the album. There is a video in the works and should be completed shortly for release. After the first leg of the tour is done we will do another video and then look to head back out for the second leg of the tour around September.
11. Any shoutouts?
The support and feedback from the new album has been very positive. The fans are always increasing and without you no one can survive, so thank you for buying the new album. To some of the stations here that have been behind us since the beginning. Phoenix FM, Collision FM, THRS The Hard Rock Radio Show, thank you as always for the efforts and dedication you have for up and coming bands and to all the bands we have shared a stage with so far, never give up and keep rocking.