Today marks another insignificant Tuesday, also the seventh consecutive day that I’ve been deeply struggling to understand an album: “Megatherium,” of a brand new project, Outsound. Although the album’s got a relatively familiar and clear concept for those who grew up listening to ’90s mainstream rock just like me, there were things that were messing with me from the very first second about it. I’ve played this album countless times on every device I own, in two different countries no less, giving myself enough time to truly soak it all in. Now, I’m finally ready to spill my unbiased opinion and mixed feelings to my readers.
Let’s get this straight first, the album stands out for its ’90s mainstream rock concept above everything else, rather presenting a narrow perspective that can find meaning considering this is only Outsound’s debut. The “Megatherium” character is a complete embodiment of the ’90s alternative rock pioneers, musically, thematically, performance-wise, production-wise, and subject-wise.
In terms of their music input, the album incorporates a mix of alternative, grunge, punk, hard rock, and metal influences. You can easily pick up on the echoes of Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Nirvana, and Metallica, among other mainstream ’90s rock bands, in their vocals, guitars, drums, and overall song structures. It’s essentially an easy-listening album with 10 radio-friendly songs that would fit right in on any rock radio playlist and would satisfy everyone who has got an ear for this specific genre, sharing the nostalgia.
Additionally, instead of breaking new ground, Outsound chose to follow in the footsteps of their influences when it came to their sound design and character. They’ve managed to capture the tones, energy, and roominess that defined those bands I’ve just mentioned. In this regard, I believe the producer has envisioned and built a fresh perspective into these songs while keeping them grounded with all their inherent imperfections. I have to admit that this was one of the things that I loved the most about “Megatherium,” which gave me the right signal about their musical preferences as well as the band’s musical direction.