by Monte Mitchell

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

4:02 PM

This is the third release from the band called ANYONE, fronted by the multi-talented Riz Story. On my first listen to this album, I was impacted by its sleek heaviness, its raw honesty, and its somber vulnerability. I listened to it late at night, in low light, on my bed, and I was thoroughly enchanted by the end of track two. By the end of the album I was in a trance, on some ragged edge between sleep and wakefulness, The blistering guitar work and pulsating rhythms of Sip the Pleasure of days seemed like a persistent yet ancient memory. The brilliant musical composition of the epic track "All That Lives is Born to Die," fuses with apocalyptic vocals and delivers a poetic vision that has the author seeming to float, alone in a vast expanse, just above the planet, observing and simultaneously participating. Tearing at the guitar, feverishly digging into the drum beats, and mourning melodies that remind you throughout; he does not plan on staying long. He's only here to tell you what is happening and what the consequences are. "All the voices say, 'come join me in the sky; all that lives is born to die.' " I have had this cd stuck in my car stereo for over two years now. I can't stop listening to it. However, it's not music for the casual listener. There are definitely many things to enjoy, if you like really heavy rock n roll in the tradition of RUSH, Tool, YES, and Jane's Addiction. Remember the first time you heard 2112 ? That's what this is like. The same absolute feast for your hook-hungry, music-geeky ears. But there's real, honest depth here, too, that doesn't feel forced or gropey at all. Riz Story clearly has an outstanding worldview that he isn't afraid to share with his audience. It can be beautiful, sexy, absolutely hot, but it can also be ugly in it's revelations. Maybe that's the most beautiful thing of all about this album. Like all great art, it bravely reveals itself, searches for our rawest nerve and exposes it. It reveals us, reveals the beauty of the world, and shows us how we are ripping it to pieces for our own sip of pleasure. If what you see does not get in the way, as Riz Story puts it, you will be able to listen to On The Ending Earth, and be moved. Perhaps even inspired to think about your own ways, how you are contributing to the ending, and what new beginning we're headed toward. To me, that is what makes this album so amazingly listenable. It initiates me in an active way, as a listener. Great art engages the observer and makes them equal parts, observer, participant, creator, and destroyer. This collection of songs is eclectic but not alienating. It weaves through styles like folky campfire songs, techno-based, heavy metal laced genre benders, eastern influenced mantras, and Maximum Acid, a genre coined by Riz Story and his band, ANYONE. Upon examining the contemporary narrative of the lyrics, in conjunction with the fluent fusion of musical styles, I'd say that this is one of the more important, culture-real artifacts of the past decade.