The Chronicles of Minimal and Samara is a promising cinematic/experimental/poetry performance band I discovered not long ago with their debut, Full Spectrum, released as a long-play album on February 26, 2021. For those who haven’t heard about the band before, The Chronicles of Minimal and Samara has started their careers with a single called; Atoms in 2020. Since then, the band released six more singles, Psychopath’s Monologue (2020), Deus Ex Machina (2020), Mata Hari (2020), The Descent (2020), Love in the Time of Pestilence (2020), At the Worlds End (2021), and one long-play album, Full Spectrum (2021). Now, please give the song a listen while reading the rest of the article.
I want to start my article with one of the most controversial albums of the century, which introduced this particular poetry performance music to the world of metalheads in the most mainstream way in 2011, “LULU,” the project of the legendary artist Lou Reed (rest in peace) with Metallica. This album might not be the first example of its kind in history, yet it was for me as well as many metalheads out there. In terms of storytelling, Lulu had solid boundaries. You know what to expect from a Metallica record, and this is what they gave all along the way, Metallica riffage with Lou Reed storytelling.
The Chronicles of Manimal and Samara’s debut album, FULL SPECTRUM, is a promising piece of art that has a similar approach with LULU, as well as many differences. The overall perspective of Full Spectrum is vaster. Additionally, they have two different concepts with two different dimensions. Full Spectrum album is a powerful blend of not only different but also contrast elements and styles. First of all, the album is quite impressive with the amount of emotion it features. As some of you might know that I am not a big fan of this music style, and it wasn’t that easy for me to get used to it. However, it doesn’t matter what music you like; when you listen to the Full Spectrum with full attention, the album perfectly transmits the message to the listener.
The band has a specific way of composing. I am not sure if they have any boundaries when it comes to being creative. Almost all song structures are usually sophisticated; there is nothing close to standard or commercial. The album has a futuristic concept with an extended dynamic journey of many ups and downs, just like a novel. The story has dramatic changes in its mood, tempo, and style that constantly stimulate yet keeps the listener’s attention fresh. You unconsciously start focusing on the lyrics while the background music creates the appropriate image and mood of the current subject. Frankly, I found this quite impressive.
The overall mood of the album is very dynamic, as I have mentioned above. Sometimes it reaches the darkness of black metal, sometimes brighter, more nature-friendly, or evil, stimulating, hallucinating, sad, and hopeless. You immediately find yourself listening to the narrator talking about the current world, such as the virus and vaccine. This isn’t the kind of album that you sit back, relax and listen to it. On the contrary, it pushes, annoys, discomforts the listener, expecting some answers in return.
During my listening, the music made me imagine a post-apocalyptic world in my head. I asked myself if this album would make a movie/video game soundtrack, a concept that I know of; which one would that be? Well, everybody might have a different answer to this for thousands of different reasons. In my case, the overall concept in Full Spectrum reminded me of a video game that I played many years ago, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, with the soundtrack of Massive Attack. It had a dark world full of terror, living in a place where it’s continuously dark, wandering on the streets looking for answers, and going into places like futuristic nightclubs where everybody’s under drugs hallucinated by the music. The game concept has so much common with Full Spectrum, which would make a musical representation of that specific world.