Music review

Psychothermia’s ‘Fall to the Rising Sun’ Shows Dedication Pays Off


In the past, this current four-piece Psychothermia have performed together in a group titled Canobliss.  The guys were nominated for San Diego Music Awards; as direct support for big name bands such as Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, and HellYeah, as well as song placements on nearly ten extreme sports and motorsports DVDs.  Their new project, Psychothermia, is inventive and determined to hit the scene harder than before with this influential twelve-track album “Fall to the Rising Sun.”


The album commences with an eccentric distortion and melody with a Tom Morello style guitar.  The vocals illustrate a triumphant image, emphasizing a crisp tonal method. The beginning half of the album makes a bold claim that reality is not a waking dream and that we are all animate, even if it’s painful at times.  “Warbly,” exhales a vibrant bass.  The elastic accord of guitars has an interesting Adam Jones savor to them and the structure of solos.

“Hopefully it will give a temporary escape, or at least help them get pumped up!” illustrates drummer Mike Russo in relation to those enlisted in our Country’s military that are currently deployed.  Espousing an intense respect for the U.S. Armed forces, the gracious dudes of Psychothermia have aptly distributed a copy of “Fall To The Rising Sun” to those deployed overseas for each purchased copy.  This message is especially loud for tracks such as “Slash and Burn” in which you can really feel the sorrow and degradation.  An enmeshment of an unorthodox instrument such as the violin is always sobering.  Whispering vocals paint a picture of derision and mourning. Anticipation of a raw and smooth chorus is launched through echoing and haunting vocals. 


“One of my favorite tracks to jam live is ‘Anarchy’.  It has a massive driving feel to it with galloping rhythms, and the build-up is just epic,” notes Mike Russo (drums).  This track certainly speeds things up and somewhat of a palette cleanser to foregoing tracks.  Moreover, “Here’s to the Angels” is an interesting anthology of a Zach de la Rocha vocal style and a unique guitar solo entwined with sparing double bass to give the album a little bit of color that I wasn’t expecting. 


“Fall to the Rising Sun” undoubtedly takes one on a journey.  Psychothermia are no strangers to dedication. “I’d wake up after 15 hours in the studio, with my ears hurting, and have to go in and do it again… all while working around my jobs,” Jon Russo (Guitarist) describes when discussing all the hard work involved with recording and mixing the album.  Their perseverance shows throughout the variability and innovation of  “Fall to the Rising Sun.”