Submersed - Immortal Verses
Record Label: Windup Records
Release Date: September 18, 2007
Submersed’s second full-length album Immortal Verses from Windup Records has all the bells and whistles that go into many of the high-definition productions found on records from Windup artists like Finger Eleven, Seether, and formerly Creed. Produced by Rick Beato, the music and vocals are penetrating. The songs make you rise to your feet and stand tall with pride. By the second track “Price of Fame,” you are hooked, the way Hinder get into the skin and your thoughts and body sink right into the album. Submersed’s songs speak of emotions and struggles that affect people, the way Led Zeppelin’s albums spoke for their time. When people ask for music that gets the lead out, Immortal Verses fits the bill.
Guitars that fly into giant walls of flames and vocals that vibrate with the deep echo of water rushing through a tidal basin is how Submersed kick off their album with the nu-metal teaser “Better Think Again.” Though “Price of Fame” is more subdued with acoustic guitars and flowy strings stitched to a slower rhythmic rate, it is a track that arouses the senses and makes the listener reflect. The hard driving rhythms of “Life Without You” are muscular and equal to the brawn in the vocals and guitars. “Over Now” has a creamier texture with lyrics that confront the challenge of letting go of a relationship: “Think of the time together / When nothing seemed to matter / The tears, tears we cried for / The days we leave behind / Fading / It’s over now / Don’t you know it’s over now / Over now / Fading… your world is burning down / Don’t try to make me stay / I need to try to find my way.” The band layers the catacombs of vocals on top of each other which effectively draws out the words more and penetrates the listener.
Submersed start the volume tall and curbs it down to a mild coast on the intro to “I Feel the Change.” The accrue buildups and down turns slug emotional swings as the spurts of guitar shreds thread into tight knots. “An Artist Prayer” and “We All Make Mistakes” are perfect rock odes with sinuous guitar cuts and vocals that torch softly. This is the gentlest that lead vocalist Donald Carpenter makes his timbres resound. “Sarah and Johnny” is the only song on the album not written with Carpenter, but with the other band members TJ Davis (guitar), Kelan Luker (bass), Garrett Whitlock (drums), and Eric Friedman (lead guitar). The song does feel different from the others, it’s less intense and charging in the sonic plumes. The final four tracks, “At First Sight,” “Wonder,” “Rewind,” and “Answers” are whipped with hardcore burns and ridges in the vocals that are reminiscent of Fuel and Thornley. The overtones of acoustic guitars plump up the drum fills and accentuate the electric parts as the movements storm up and subside. The band focuses a lot of their attention on the progressions, keeping them in a state of flux.
The rock quintet from Stephenville, Texas doesn’t confuse audiences about who they are and what they play. Immortal Verses is straight-forward hard rock/nu metal, and the orchestral elements performed by violinist Anna Acosta and cellist Richard Thomas, Jr. soften Submersed’s hardcore edges without taking over the premises. The songs are rooted in guitars and vocals tailored by locomotive rhythms, all driving hard with a bullish intensity. If Submersed were not noticed before by large markets with their debut full-length record In Due Time from 2004, they will be sought after with Immortal Verses.