The heavy metal music act known as Worlds of Our Planet has released a duo of singles under the collective title, “Laments of an Electric Guitar – Part I.” The release is a banshee's wail of extremely melodic and remarkably complex heavy-metal guitar playing, and showcases not only a sheer mastery of the instrument, but also some of the most imaginative and inspirational orchestration the contemporary era has to offer. Its two component tracks, titled, “Painful Desperation” and “The War that Never Ends,” respectively, have a total of approximately 10 minutes' playing time. Worlds of Our Planet makes certain that each tick, beat, and measure of those minutes is a global history unto itself.
The actual sound of “Laments of an Electric Guitar – Part I” is violent, colorful, soaring, triumphant, decadent and dark. It spends long stretches entwined in harmonies and climbing fugues. In fact, the orchestration of “Laments...,” although a great work of metal music through and through, has much more in common with powerful compositions like "L'inverno," from Antonio Vivaldi's “Le quattro stagioni,” than it does with modern metal bands like “Dragonforce,” whose music does not necessarily always evoke emotion.
The idea that the purpose of great art is to evoke emotion has existed for literally thousands of years, and it seems very much to be part of the philosophy of Worlds of Our Planet, the heart and soul of which is Marcos Micha Rayek.
“I don’t know if I can give a direct message to the listeners with this kind of music,” he writes. “I prefer to think that I can awake some people`s feelings when they hear it.”
What kind of feelings, though? He responds with well learned expertise. “Well, with certain instrumental music,” he explains, “you never know what people are going to feel. The music of these songs is fast; maybe it reflects the age we are living in. We live fast and stressed; sometimes we don’t have time to think or to do anything we really want. Time is precious, and sometimes all of us throw it away, not because we want to, but because we don’t have a choice. To gain a little time we sometimes have to become machines. Most people have to invest too much time in something they really don`t want to do. We slowly and unconsciously throw away the only life we have, and suddenly it is too late.”
Rayek's message isn't all doom and gloom, however. Truly, it is much the contrary. “We all have to do anything we can to survive,” he muses, “and that’s the beauty of life. We have to fight for it to feel what we really want to feel, but when people consciously decide not to live in the past or future, but in the present, suddenly everyone starts to live and smile even in the worst moments.”
Like the music of Worlds of Our Planet, these thoughts may seem too deep and meaningful for some listeners, but Rayek assures his fans that it doesn't have to be complicated.
“I’m sure some people will find the music relaxing and feel the complete opposite. That is OK, too. In the end the only thing that really matters is to feel something.”
“Laments of an Electric Guitar – Part I” is available online worldwide beginning April 9, 2013.
Staff Press Release Writer
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