There is no escape from the smothering confinement individual’s feel within each and every cyclical lapse of judgement that leads to absorption within a state of gloom. Utilizing their various despairs and seemingly impenetrable and maddening darkness to serve as an enhancement of their multifaceted creativity, Cincinnati Progressive rockers, Fracktura, have sprouted a cohesive blend of symphonic rock that is dense in emotion and cinematically rich throughout their latest EP release, ‘Oculus’.
As we move through the cycles of life and death, pausing to strike a chord beneath years of defense mechanisms and burdening our existence to fortified walls of cultural expectations teeming over every inherent milligram of our personal authenticity is essential to leading a life of inner wellness, and it is evident that the members of Fracktura have explored their inner worlds. Kicking off with the haunting first track, “You”, lead vocalist, Karis Tucker, showcases tremendous depth and skill that serves as a golden mantra leading listeners into the blurry and dark unknown. The second track, “Gold Spectrum”, is an array of bewitching musical elements that are cloaked in lucid and mentally stimulating diversions that instantly shift the caliber of listeners thinking.
“The Fear Peddler” is the third track that immerses listeners into a magical instrumental fantasy world over delicately merciless and full-bodied lyrics that highlight the truth of societal influence hindering the greatest of minds and influencing the deterioration of independent thought. Closing out with “Identidade”, the dramatically meticulous and foreign lyrics are anchored by an ethereal piano and subtle orchestration that brings to mind the canvas of ghosts of suffering long buried suddenly being resurrected and challenged through the conscious mind’s clearer perception.
Rather than immediate gratification, Fracktura has chosen to build anticipation over layers of mystery that serve to their benefit and lead to hypnotic musical spells being cast upon listeners throughout ‘Oculus’. If you’re a fan of artists such as King Crimson, Dream Theater, Unsun, Wobbler, and Darkthrone, then check out the symphonic bliss that Fracktura has to offer.