From Another Planet
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From Another Planet

Columbus, Ohio, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | SELF

Columbus, Ohio, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2011
Band Metal Progressive




""I see great things in their future""

An Ever-Changing Perspective: From Another Planet (Review)

Genre: Progressive Metal

Hometown: Chillicothe, Ohio

Listen if you like: Between the Buried & Me, Scale the Summit, Periphery, Explosions in the Sky, Contortionist

Favorite Tracks: Renewed, Release

Favorite Lyric: “We’re all wearing masks, even if we don’t admit it”

I think the band said it best when naming their album; From Another Planet’s debut full length is truly an ever changing perspective. As you find yourself settling between the tracks, I feel as though I’m diving in and out of ideas as well as genre boundaries. “This album is a reflection on years of experimentation, hard work and the blending of our unique musical perspectives,” explains vocalist Michael Leone. These Midwest rockers start the album off with 3 noticeably longer tracks, however the length doesn’t bother me. They don’t feel dragged on or unnecessary which was a pleasant surprise. “Remission” has some beautiful guitar work and the vocals bring everything you want in a metal song. “Forge” clocks in at a whopping 11 minutes and opens with a slower melodic section before punching back in with Leone’s raw vocals. The song really hits a peak at around the 6 minute mark for me and there’s a really great spoken word section about 7 or 8 minutes in that has a very La Dispute feel to it.

“Release” is the first single off the album and it’s easy to see why; it’s pretty much an immediate slap in the face. Between the fast and exciting tempo of the drums and killer screaming vocals, it’s hard not to get hype to this. “Renewed” is my favorite track on the album by far for the post-hardcore style. This track just feels gut wrenching; the lyrics are emotional, the instrumentals are toned down as compared to the rest of the album, it just focuses everything so well on the vocals and makes every lyric breathe. “Trailblazer” acts almost as an interlude between “Renewed” and “Pursuit.” The track is exclusively instrumental, very soothing and melodic compared to the previous work on the album. Just as you’re about to be lulled into a nice little nap, “Pursuit” ramps it up one last time to end the album on a power-packed note.

Overall I think this album is a great sign of what’s to come, the evolution seen on this album alone is incredible and I see great things in their future. Check out An Ever-Changing Perspective below and show these guys some support! - The LP Collective

""This is a band on the rise""

We get a lot of albums sent to us here at I’m Music Magazine from all levels of bands who are hoping we will review them in our magazine. It’s tough going through hours and hours of music in hopes of finding something that catches our ear that we want to share with you. We could flood our site with album reviews screaming the praises of albums that you see reviewed everywhere else, but that’s not what we want to do. As a disclaimer, let me say that you may actually see one of those albums pop up on our site from time to time in the future.

That brings us to the debut full length album from the band From Another Planet entitled An Ever-Changing Perspective. This up and coming band have really come a long way since their 2012 release Believe. I try not to compare albums in the sense of “this new album isn’t as good as their last album” because an album is a piece of art that shouldn’t be graded based on its predecessor. With that being said, I do feel a need to point out that the band has a definite level of maturity that can be heard on this new album and shows a great deal of growth.

The first three songs on this six song journey are pretty long in length and exceptionally long given today’s somewhat short listener attention span. “Remission” kicks off the album clocking in at just under 8:00 and some very unique guitar work that sounds really fresh and innovative. Michael Leone’s growls are done right brutal at times throughout the song. “Forge” is the longest song on the album at 11:01 and it really surprised me with how structured the song was with its many layers that kept it from getting boring given the length of the song. This is probably the strongest track on the album as it really showcases all of the talents of each member of the band throughout the entire song. I’ve included a video of “Release” which is the first single for people to sample if they haven’t heard it yet.

Just when you think you know the direction that the album is headed, up comes “Renewed” which is a change of pace and yet another song that shows the growth in this band. It may start out in a somewhat mellow vibe; the intensity does build as the song progresses. For me, this is definitely one of the stand-out tracks on the album. “Trailblazer” and “Pursuit” close out the album, with “Trailblazer” being an instrumental that sounds somewhat like a score that could easily fit into a major motion picture. “Pursuit” brings us full circle to where we started and closes out the album with the same intensity and crazy riffs that we started out with in “Remission.”

There is a great deal of creativity that flows all throughout this album and the guitar work is pretty amazing throughout. There’s a solid rhythm section that lays the foundation that everything is built on. The band lists their genre as progressive metal genre and I would have to agree with that for the most part. The only real negative that I found throughout the album would be the breakdowns because I am not a fan of them. The thing that made them tolerable to me was how the band came out of the breakdown. It was original and creative and not what you hear so many other bands doing. Overall, I really enjoyed the album and I think that fans of progressive metal and bands similar in vain to Periphery will really enjoy this release. This is a band on the rise that has shown a great deal of growth and they are a band to definitely keep an eye/ear on. - I'm Music Magazine

""4.5 out of 5 stars""

From Another Planet might be more aptly named “31 Flavors.” I kid, but honestly the band has a large repertoire of musical colors to choose from and they aren’t afraid to use them. The six songs on the album all have different feels to them, but also feel just similar enough to link them together. The progressive and epic songs seem to have a story-like quality, and it was easy for me to imagine scenes from a fantasy or science fiction movie while I listened to them. From Another Planet’s sound is unique enough to stand out in the genre, but doesn’t stray too far away to where the listener would lose interest. If this is the effect they were going for, I would say they nailed it. I often found myself nodding my head while listening to the songs, if only for brief moments of the song’s progression. It’s worth mentioning that some of the song lengths are unusual, (ranging from 3 to 11 minutes!) and the album would be great to listen to while working or even working out.

The first song, Remission, start out the album with some interesting, ethereal guitar work, heavy breakdowns, and plenty of growling. Overall, the playing is very tight, and there is some great chemistry between the guitars and drums on this one. There are times in the song when you get this feel like it’s the scene in the movie where you are rooting for the hero to beat the bad guy. Next is the song Forge, which comes in with a nice, mellow guitar intro, then quickly is built up by the drums. The song is the longest on the album, but has a great, multi-layered musical landscape. At about 4 minutes, there are some just bad-assed drum rolls deserving mention, then coming full circle at around 7 minutes to a mellow interlude and a nice little guitar solo. The third song, Release, is immediately in your face and has some very solid, groovy guitar riffs. Again, wonderful groove in this song, leading to irresistible urges to nod your head.

After that is Renewed, which is quite a style departure from the rest of the songs. Very subdued and spacy, with plenty of flavors. The fifth track, Trailblazer, is one of the songs that could very easily be in a movie soundtrack. There are some very good uses of volume swells and delay on the guitar in the first half of the song. It pairs nicely with the previous track, and creates a nice interlude between the heavier songs. The final track, Pursuit, is an all-in bid, with plenty of raucousness right of the bat. As I’ve said before, the drummer really had me nodding my head on this one, (even doing hand drumming on my lap) and this could easily be mosh material in a live setting. The song and album end with chaotic dissonance, in case you were craving some, once again throwing in that last flavor for good measure.

I really enjoyed the creativity and complexity of this album and would recommend it to anyone who has a tendency to like all different kinds of music. The variety in the music was refreshing. I would give this album a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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""I felt like I was listening to a new album from Between The Buried and Me""

When I started listening to the first full-length album by From Another Planet, entitled An Ever-Changing Perspective, I felt like I was listening to a new album from Between The Buried and Me.

Providing me with the combination of melodic guitars with the heavy breakdowns, and the progressive metal vocals, I felt like I was listening to something that continues to be released by bands in today’s generation of metal.

The first two tracks on this album have a total play time of 18:59, which lead me to believe I was in for a long night of listening. Track one – entitled “Remission” – was a solid song, really highlighting the melodic capabilities of both guitarists. The only thing I could see wrong, is the few seconds they added in a deep, almost death metal growl that I felt did not really flow well with the rest of the song.

Track two – entitled “Forge” – is the longest track at 11:01 of listening time. Starting off with a very catchy and almost dance worthy introduction, it quickly changes pace and goes back to in-your-face, fast-paced metal.

“Release,” track three, was probably my favorite. Although another long one at 7:19 of play time, I was able to enjoy the continued energy in the song throughout, even when they slow things down a bit three quarters of the way in, and continue back into the energy to end the song.

The last three tracks of this album are more your average play time for songs. “Renewed,” “Trailblazer” and “Pursuit” end this album on a good note. The one thing I really want to point out is, “Trailblazer” is an all instrumental melodic song that changes the pace of the album, before going into their final song to close out the album.

For all those fans of the fast paced, high energy progressive metal with the mixed effects of slower melodies, this album is a solid one to pick up.

An Ever-Changing Perspective is the debut album for the Ohio-based progressive metal act. The album dropped June 5, a full day earlier than expected due to anticipation by the band and their fan base. An Ever-Changing Perspective is available now at the band’s Bandcamp page.

From Another Planet begins touring the U.S. next week, beginning in Columbus, Ohio. - The Pit

""Never stops impressing""

Hailing from my home state of Ohio, From Another Planet is a heavy & harsh progressive metal/metalcore band that (as of 2014) is fronted by Michael Leone of Arise The Titan fame. Formed in 2009 by long-time friends Jesse Mitten (drums, percussion), Marcus White (bass, vocals) and Nick Davisson (guitar), with the recently-released "An Ever-Changing Perspective" serving as the group's full-length debut, From Another Planet has endured it's fair share of line-up changes since first coming together all those years ago. These days the band is rounded out by second guitarist Shayne DePugh and (collectively) one couldn't ask for a tighter unit than this! Not that such chemistry is unwarranted or unexpected (what with Davidson, Mitten, and White having first jammed together way back in junior high!), but it's still worth mentioning considering the relatively-new status of vocalist/lyricist Michael Leone. On "An Ever-Changing Perspective" the crazed Michael Leone provides often-times BRUTAL death metal growls that should be all-too familiar to Arise The Titan fans. His amped-up voice fits in perfectly with this band's aggressive style and even when this metallic lot is dabbling with melodic passages there's nothing stopping From Another Planet's crushing landslide of a sound! Inspired by the likes of Between the Buried & Me, Scale the Summit, Periphery, Explosions in the Sky, and The Contortionist (with more of an emphasis on that first lot!) this Ohio band is certainly a product of their influences. There's no use in arguing that fact. But, here's the kicker. This isn't the same band that appeared on the 2012 debut EP, "Believe". And no, we're not talking about line-up wise. Put "Believe" next to "An Ever-Changing Perspective" and you'll notice how much this band has come into their own. There is a lot of growth and maturity to be witnessed between these two releases and with the band's new album all the more atmospheric and technically-sound any particular points of reference should be viewed as a positive step forward for this five-piece wrecking crew! Track in and track out "An Ever-Changing Perspective" lives up to the full potential of it's name. It follows the single "Release" and this recommend full-length feature never stops impressing thanks to tech-savvy passages and heavy slamming riffs that rattle your rib cages! If you're looking for an example of Ohio metal at it's finest then look no further! From Another Planet makes me even more proud to be a Buckeye and like I've said a hundred times before you can stack our metal scene up to the best of them as we've got talent to spare! Needless to say you are going to want to snag a copy of this one! - Heavy Metal Time Machine


Believe, EP, released 2011

An Ever-Changing Perspective, LP, released 2015


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From Another Planet is a progressive metal band based in central Ohio. Founded by Jesse Mitten (drums), Marcus White (bass) and Nick Davisson (guitar) in 2009, the trio already had substantial experience creating and performing music together, beginning with after-school jam sessions dating back to their junior high days. With the addition of Shayne DePugh (guitar) in 2010, the band released their debut EP, Believe, recorded/mixed/mastered by acclaimed producer Nick Ingram. In 2014 the band welcomed Michael Leone (vocals) to form their current lineup: a collection of passionate musicians hellbent on becoming masters of their craft.The debut LP, An Ever-Changing Perspective, was self-released in 2015 followed by months of active touring. The band is currently writing new material and touring in support of An Ever-Changing Perspective.

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