Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Balance between Goes Experimental on Latest

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Balance between Goes Experimental on Latest

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If it feels right, go with it. That was the mantra A Balance Between adhered to when writing their debut full-length album, "Transcendence."

"There are more dynamics and transitions than on our older material," said Jeremy Hernandez, singer-guitarist and primary lyricist for the Wood-Ridge-based band.

"The approach we took was we just wanted to be happy with what we were doing and not worry about anything else," Hernandez said. "Because of the freedom we gave ourselves, 'Transcendence' is definitely the best thing the band has ever done."

A Balance Between performs Friday in Teaneck, the same day that "Transcendence" will be released. The album spotlights the band's ability to craft well-executed and memorable hard rock with musical punch and heady lyrics.

"We got experimental on the album," Hernandez said. "On some songs, we're not as full-blown aggressive as before. We didn't mind doing more mellow parts.

"This album also has the longest songs we've ever done. If we wrote a song that was seven minutes, we didn't think about cutting it down like we would in the past."

While not a concept disc, "Transcendence" centers upon themes of faith, religion and spirituality. "There's a connection there within the songs about existence beyond the physical level," Hernandez said. "It's something I've always written about. I strongly believe that there is a somewhere else and a higher being."

Hernandez said that tackling existential topics as a lyricist is both a challenging and enjoyable process. "I like playing around with metaphors and words," he said. "There's no right or wrong way to write lyrics, it's what you want it to be. That's always been a fun thing for me."

A Balance Between establishes the existential vibe on album opener "Immanence," an atmospheric, melodic rocker. The word immanence refers to philosophical and metaphysical theories of divine presence.

Additional standout tracks include "Reverie," which features crisp guitar work, and "Comatose," which starts with a revved-up punk riff before settling into a mid-tempo groove. On the expansive "Illuminate," a nearly seven-minute journey, the band weaves several sound tapestries.

Hernandez's expressive and clear vocals match the questioning and thoughtful nature of his lyrics. "I would say my singing style has soothing and dramatic parts," he said. …

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