'Corporate Pollution' is the third studio album to date from Irish based Alternative Rock/Grunge outfit Paradox. From the raw garage grunge sounds of 'Circle of Growth' in 2000 to the more Alternative melodic sounds of 'Sacred' in 2004 'Corporate Pollution' displays the bands most powerful sound to date. 11 songs were recorded and mixed in 9 days @ Data Recording Studios in County Kerry, Ireland, July/August 2010. Just like the previous two Paradox albums brothers Pete and Mike Mac play all instruments. Pete plays all guitars, bass, vocals while Mike plays all drums, piano and vocal harmonies. They also co/produce the album. A few of the songs appeared as acoustic tracks on the Pete Mac solo album 'In Limbo' in 2009 but were re-recorded with drums and a full band sound for this album. On average 6 electric guitars were recorded per track along with triple vocal harmonies, 2 acoustic guitars, lots of bass, piano for certain tracks, a female vocal for one track and two days of drumming. From the opening track 'Corporate Pollution' with it's churning guitar riffs and political sneers to the melodic melancholic melodies of 'Repress Excess' or the distorted confusion that is 'Mind Mud' the albums diverse mix and ever changing pace create an interesting and unique sound. The albums stand out track 'Mr. Bureaucracy' was chosen to be the first single with it's fast pulsing riffs and melodic vocals. 'Mr. Bureaucracy' is aimed towards any corporate or political establishment designed to keep society dumb, confused and poor. While the riffs are fast and grungy the melody and lyrics almost seem sarcastic. The line 'Mr. Bureaucracy can you control the air I breathe' opens the track to a sudden burst of energy. The chorus refrains of 'Freedom of choice not good for me' ring through to an old school grunge sounding riff that takes the song in a somewhat different direction yet repeats itself as the song ends. While the album potrays a much bigger picture than any previous Paradox endeavour the band still maintain their Alternative Rock sound remeniscent of the early 90's. 'SONG DESCRIPTIONS' 1. CORPORATE POLLUTION From the opening track 'Corporate Pollution' with it's churning guitar riffs and political sneers the track seems to somewhat set the tone for the rest of the album. The dark riffs and pounding drums are carried along by a melodic vocal right up until the final screams of Starve the System!! 2. EMPTINESS A harmonic mix of acoustic guitars, female vocals and piano open this song. The acoustic guitar and mellow vocals take the song through to the full lush choruses and bridges until the song reaches it's climax vocal refrain of Emptiness. 3. MIND MUD Pounding drums and drop tuned riffs open the confusion that is 'Mind Mud'. Mostly instrumental this track avoids the standard song format approach, changing it's course of off timing riffs and sudden distorted breaks until it's final break. The track then builds itself on an ever growing mass of distortion and brief vocal encounters, building up to a sudden scream of despair. The track ends on a stop start motion with a dirty guitar riff and one final drum thud! 4. LIVING DEMISE 'Living Demise' could be part two of track 'Lame and Languid' from the last album 'Sacred'. An acoustic riff breaks the song into a chorus hook that's repeated throughout. 5. MR. BUREAUCRACY 'Mr. Bureaucracy' is aimed towards any corporate or political establishment designed to keep society dumb, confused and poor. While the riffs are fast and grungy the melody and lyrics almost seem sarcastic. The line 'Mr. Bureaucracy can you control the air I breathe' opens the track to a sudden burst of energy. The chorus refrains of 'Freedom of choice not good for me' ring through to an old school grunge sounding riff that takes the song in a somewhat different direction yet repeats itself as the song ends. 6. BURY THE WORLD 'Bury The World' seems to flow like a ballad with it's tempo and overall hypnotic vibe. Soft subtle vocals glide over the acoustic guitars, bass and drums but are abruptly interrupted by sudden dischordent chops that appear throughout the song until they nearly find their purpose and open up into a final rasp of a guitar riff bringing the song to a close. This track has been noted to have similarities to the Silverchair album 'Neon Ballroom'. 7. FOUR WALLS Probably the darkest most dropped tuned sound that Paradox have ever created 'Four Walls' is a track that's hard to keep track of. Opened by pounding drums and a dark distorted bass line the track bursts into a fast paced muddy riff. Even though there are many verses in this song there is no set chorus. The vocal lines 'We're all dumb, We're all numb in our Four Walls' create the first tempo change in the song all the while directly changing tempo once more. A solid riff and yet again many drum tempo changes bring this track to it's knees. 8. REPRESS EXCESS The melodic melancholic melodies of 'Repress Excess' carry this song all the way through, a gentle acoustic guitar flowing in the background. The last acoustic verse breaks the song into one final slow deep riff for the chorus. 9. SHEDDING SKIN A gently strummed electric guitar stands on it's own, followed by smooth harmonic vocals. The song slowly starts to grow as a light bass line and bass drum create a warm ambience until the song reaches it's chorus lines of 'Will I ever change'? The song opens to an array of melodies and harmonies before changing it's ambient vibe to a slight off time state slowly building momentum with the lines 'I'm okay, I'm just lonely'. The song suddenly explodes with the vocal line 'Shed my Skin' being belted out at near breaking point. The track then slows it's pace and fades into a gently picked acoustic guitar. 10. MITIGATE This track could be the closest progressive metal sound that Paradox have created veering towards the direction of bands like Tool. With it's 8 plus minutes in length 'Mitigate' is an array of off timing drum beats and harmonic power chords that shift and change throughout the song. 11. SERENITY Closing track on the album a stripped down acoustic guitar plays underneath a subtle dark vocal which drops another semi tone when it reaches the chorus. By the time the second verse hits the song is full of harmonies sounding strangely close to the Alice in Chains album 'Jar of Flies'. The lines 'When you smile at me you see that I grin' close the second verse. The refrain of the last bridge 'Don't you know that suicide is painless' bring the song and the album to a close. About the band :: Paradox are an Alternative Rock/Grunge band from Cork, Ireland. Formed in 1996 by brothers Pete Mac and Mike Mac the early Paradox sound was heavily influenced by the Grunge Era of the 90's.The band has shaped and evolved their sound over the years while still maintaining their Alternative Rock sound. Paradox have released 3 studio albums to date. Their debut album 'Circle of Growth' was recorded in Los Angeles in 2000 and released on a US label. Their second album 'Sacred' was recorded and released in 2004 and the bands last album 'Corporate Pollution' was released in 2011. Singer and songwriter Pete Mac also recorded and released a solo album in 2009 in Berlin, Germany. 'Corporate Pollution' marked a further evolution in the Paradox sound and received the most attention from any of the bands releases. From the opening track 'Corporate Pollution' with it's churning guitar riffs and political sneers the track seems to somewhat set the tone for the rest of the album. One reviewer noted that the album had 'so many influences it's hard to list them all, the music is solid, timeless and to the point'. Another review from Loud-Stuff.com added - 'Maybe the ultimate compliment you can pay to this album is that you could listen to it between Nirvana's In Utero and Alice in Chains Dirt and it's every bit as good'. 'Mr. Bureaucracy' was chosen to be the first single with it's fast pulsing riffs and melodic vocal refrains. The band also shot a music video for 'Mr. Bureaucracy' in 2012 which was nominated for best song at the Berlin Music Video Awards, Dublin International short film and music awards the Portobello Film Festival London in 2013. In 2012 the 'Corporate Pollution' track 'Repress Excess' was used on the soundtrack for Canadian horror movie 'Truth' which screened at the Cannes Film Festival and won the Canada International Film Festival's Royal Reel Award. Paradox have toured both Europe and the US as well as playing support to the likes of Therapy?, Kerbdog and Shonen Knife in 2013. 2014 saw Paradox back in the studio recording their 4th album to date at Wavefield Recording Studios in Bantry, West Cork with multi tasking musician and engineer Brian Casey on the desk. Titled 'Chapters' the 14 track album combines a variety of new sounds some of which have not yet been heard on any previous Paradox album. 'Chapters' is due for release early 2015.