Break From This World, a collection of songs with the kind of music you'd hear in a Christopher Nolan movie trailer.
While Globus' 2006 debut Epicon opened with the thunderous, dominating "Preliator", Break With This World starts with the soft, contemplative piano line of "The Promise". Led by a tender female vocal line, the first track of the album telegraphs Globus' message: it is not Epicon II.
Soloists are much more prominent and featured on Break From This World, perhaps a step to make the album more accessible than the slightly more eclectic Epicon. That's not to say Break From This World doesn't have its moments of sheer, crushing power. This is Globus, after all, and "Black Parade" and "Save Me" are both epic enough to make even the most mundane of daily tasks an awesome, ground-shaking experience. And those are just two examples.
It's nice to see Globus flexing their muscles on Break From This World. Their formula was great on Epicon, but that they spread their wings on only their second album shows a mindset that is always thinking, looking and moving forward. Credit to main producers Yoav Goren and Jeffrey Fayman for not sticking with the comfortable. If this means having a happy, uplifting track like "Elegy" (with bagpipe!), and solo vocals the dominant instrument on the "Preliator"-esque "Doomsday", then so be it.
There's still plenty here to appeal to fans of Epicon. It's not that the feel and pounding music is gone - far from it - but Globus introduce new elements to keep the sound fresh, interesting, dynamic, new, offering a more varied plate this time around. The album goes from sweeping and majestic ("In Memoriam") to an almost radio-friendly touch on "One Truth". That's not to say that these songs will get airplay (not outside of movie trailers, anyway), but they might stay with you longer than the slightly same-y bombast of Epicon. I dare you to get the chorus of "One Truth" out of your head, or even your heart.
It is, unfortunately, not perfect. "Manuela" never gets off the ground, and "Terminal" drags and lags for too much of its almost seven-and-a-half-minute runtime to keep your attention. But every album has those one or two tracks that don't quite cut the mustard, and for the music that is on offer in Break From This World, two weak songs is a very small price to pay.
I'd almost recommend Break From This World as a better introduction to Globus than Epicon. The music is catchy and accessible, without compromising any of the trademark power, majesty, scope and bombast that Globus (and Immediate Music) have become famous for. Break From This World may not hit you over the head like Epicon did, but it is nonetheless a stirring, exhilarating album from a musical project that promises a journey like no other.
4.5/5.0: If you want to make your life remarkable, use this album as the soundtrack.