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4 stars 3RDegree is a cross former rock band from New Jersey, United States. Founded in 1990, California guitarist Patrick Kliesch and George Dobbs of New Jersey hit it off, recruiting several other members to form a group. Their ideas and ideas for the album It was joined together via the Internet. Soon they met and set up a band. Their creative motives are: to create interesting and engaging music, and to create a sophisticated and intelligent avant-garde rock with a mix of approachable melodies. They released the album for the first time in 1993. Afterwards, they experienced many personnel changes, but they continued to publish five series. The 2012 "The Long Division" was their first peak. At that time, they were in the US election. They used political topics. This album was produced for the theme and is hot (if in China...). Then, in 2015, the band released an album "Ones & Zeros - Volume 1" which is a more contemporary theme. This is their first complete concept album and the first part of the "Ones & Zeros" series. This series, as its name suggests, explores the impact of science and technology on people. The band said that since the 1970s, Ray Kurzweil (currently serving as Google's technical director. Kurzweil has been treated as an area of ​​artificial intelligence, robotics, deep learning, etc. The Wizards and others have been discussing futurism and transhumanism, but until now we have seen it affect our daily lives." And the album is centered around this, trying to quickly develop technology and its relevance Discuss issues and ethical dilemmas, and release unique insights. However, I personally did not take the first part of 2015 very seriously (although many music critics praised this one), because it is relatively weak in terms of music. Too many lyrics and singing parts weaken the musicality. The genre is more modern and even somewhat hip-hoped (of course, you can also say it is jazzed), and I can't accept it. And after a lapse of three years, they finally brought the second part of the series to the end of "Ones & Zeros: vol. 0". In my opinion, this is a better album. In terms of theme, it seems to express that in the face of the future of high-tech digital life, especially superhumanization (the album fictionalized a biotechnology company called Valhalla, they developed a technology that extends lifespan, turns people into superhumans, and declares The human body is only a hotel of mind, consciousness, and spirit. In other words, people have become unclear to the machine, and people must rely on technology for evolution. There are some melancholy plots behind the album, such as the failure of genetic technology that causes people to die. The gap is getting bigger and bigger, and technology companies are playing the role of "improving humanity" in controlling every aspect of our existence, etc.) Simultaneous fear and acceptance, positive and negative coexist, these are all aspects of our future, with technology Increasing intrusion into our lives is becoming commonplace. Before the band released a trial song "Logical Conclusion". It seems to me that it is an attempt to change and evolve. The band does not use a lot of vocals and singing, but strengthens instrumental music and melody. People can enter the atmosphere better without looking at the lyrics. The same is true of the entire album. A large number of excellent instrumental performances deepened the theme through lyricism. The guitar solo in the 15-minute epic Click Away! is impressive, while the fashionable bass line bass is even more intoxicating! 3RDegree finally produced a great piece of avant-garde rock that should be made. And the last summing song "Ones & Zeros" is not too much to achieve, to achieve a wonderful fusion of singing and music, the final summary is in place: "It's always been binary code It's all we've ever known We fall on a continuumIt's natural because that's part of who we are It's always been binary code For now and all tomorrows from alpha to omega It's natural because that's always how we thought This magic's only ones and zeros." In my opinion, 3RDegree is a cross-shaking rock band with a growing symphony, and of course retains their modern musical style. For "Ones & Zeros: vol. 0", it goes beyond the top and becomes one of the best album candidates this year! A four-and-a-half-star rating, so I have time to translate the lyrics, because I personally are very interested in transhumanism.
mitarai_panda | 4/5 |


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