Insomniac Folklore – Everything Will Burn

Insomniac Folklore
Everything Will Burn

Insomniac Folklore unquestionably puts the “art” in Artistic with their unique brand of theatrical compositions. I believe they call it “charming and aggressive theatrical punk.”

Their style of music is by far the most unique style lyrically and sonically that I have ever reviewed. Specifically, their last release was the only CD I have ever reviewed with a “Parental Warning” on the cover. Although this latest release was given to me via download, I can only speculate that it too would have a similar content warning. It’s not for the faint at heart Christian. It is at times dark, vulgar, and shocking, but it speaks the truth like no other with its provocative lyrics and sometimes gloomy soundtrack. It is truly what I love most about the band and (so far) both of their projects that I have had the joy and privilege to review.

Concerning the music; the project is interlaced with musical interludes prefixed as a “Tetrad” which in musical terms is a set of four notes. Not sure the significance, but each one has a distinct part that follows. Including a reference to the Jewish holiday the “Succot” which, according to Wikipedia, commemorates the miraculous protection of God as observed by Jewish tradition. This makes some sense when you think of the overarching Apocalyptic nature of the project. Like I eluded to before, this is a though provoking collection of songs.

My personal favorites are the irrefutable “Everything Will Burn,” the oddly entertaining “Black Widow,” which speaks somewhat of the Pharisees and Sadducee’s of today (preachers and politicians) – “preachers make good salesmen, politicians make good crooks, sometimes you can’t tell which is which…” Then there’s the guitar driven “Dust” which is just awesome sounding, and lastly, “The End.” This aptly titled closing song has a haunting finish like an old-style spiritual. This is also one of the most difficult songs lyrically, it is very honest retelling of a horrifying event in singer Tyler Hentschel’s life.

“The End” contrasts the hedonistic behavior of a overstimulated and oversexed generation with the disturbing account of singer Tyler Hentschel’s own brush with death, robbed at gunpoint in an abandoned house. To the sounds of thunder and soaking rain, this sordid vision gives way to ethereal harmonies in a reprise of the title track that is not at all gloomy, but hopeful, radiant, waiting.

Personally, I have an appreciation for the provocative art and stylistic bravery of being diverse and eclectic. I also feel comfortable enough to be challenged in my way of thinking, particularly when it comes to presenting life as a Christian through music. While Insomniac Folklore is not  as polished as the top-40 we generally gravitate towards, it is truly authentic and praiseworthy.

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– Ken W.

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