Sound: Comprised of members of Fear Before the March of Flames, Cradle of Filth, and featuring Dan Briggs of Between the Buried and Me, this album is definitely worth a listen. Asleep Next To Science, the debut record by ORBS, is a progressive and experimental endeavor.
Dan Briggs showcases his guitar skills with a solo in the 14-minute closer, 'Eclipsical', which is change in pace from his bass duties in Between the Buried and Me. He did also record the bass parts on this record, however. Ashley Ellyllon (Cradle of Filth) contributed the keyboard and piano parts. The piano flourishes at the beginning of the song 'People Will Read Again' and the keyboard solo in 'Eclipsical' refuel my desire to learn to play the piano. Vocalist Adam Fisher also programmed the electronics on this album, which give the album a very spacey feel. The heaviest track on the album, titled 'Lost At Sea', is one that could be found on a BTBAM album. // 10
Lyrics: The lyrics on this record are somewhat out there, but they work well with the music and each song tells its own "story." Lyrics about a magical toad that tells wondrous stories ('Sayer of the Law') and about a child killing other children ('Something Beautiful') are just some of the experimental lyrics that meld together surprisingly well with the music. 'The Northwest Bearitories' is about a man learns that bears can be civilized, but turns crazy and kills all the bears. Catchy choruses can be found in this album, specifically on 'A Man of Science.' Despite all the quirks that any band can include in their lyrics, I've never heard any band able to include the words "grilled cheese" and be able to pull it off like ORBS does in 'People Will Read Again.'
Vocalist Adam Fisher (Fear Before the March of Flames) compliments the music very well. His voice may take some getting used to, however, as it is a little nasally. All in all, it is not as bad as that of Axl Rose, and after a few songs, his voice does become more listenable. In fact, on 'People Will Read Again', Adam Fisher's voice works exceptionally well, because the lyrics are about children, and the nasally voice seems like a child's voice. // 8
Overall Impression: For a collaboration over the internet, Asleep Next To Science is a very good album. It has quirky lyrics, a space vibe, light sections, heavy sections, and experimental sections reminiscent of Isis songs. My favorite songs on the album would be 'Something Beautiful' and 'A Man of Science'. The songs over ten minutes ('People Will Read Again' and 'Eclipsical') are real pieces of work that are top-notch in musicianship. 'Megaloblastic Madness' and 'The Northwest Bearitories' are great tracks as well. This CD may require several listens to get into, but it is absolutely worth paying for. I would buy this again, not just for the music, but for the CD sleeve as well, which has some beautifully created images of stars and plantes. // 10