"Pulse" is the solo debut album from Tommy
Giles, aka Tommy Rogers lead vocalist, keyboard player and founding member
of Between the Buried and Me. Multi-instrumentalist Tommy has not only arranged,
composed and plays all the instruments on the album himself, he has also
produced the album. So this is a one man effort to its fullest.
Thomas Giles takes us on a musical
journey into well documented and tested waters; to be more precise somewhere
between prog and art rock - well that wasn't precise in any way... And that's
just the objective I have against this album; it is situated between two chairs
with a big chance to fall between the cracks.
The songs are all well composed, crafted and
produced, but the span or contrast if you will between the softer and
atmospheric material to the more aggressive, cold and industrial material is in
my humble opinion too huge. So this is an experience similar to when I put on a
Devin Townsend album; I really appreciate the effort, the craftsmanship, the
ideas behind it but I miss the thin red line tying things together, so I end up
remembering bit and pieces but miss the big picture.
Finest moments: "Sleep Shake",
"Hamilton Anxiety Scale", "Scared" and "Armchair Travel".