Released in December 2023, “1972” marks the debut album from the.divine.paradox?, the brainchild of Costa Rican guitarist and songwriter Ronald Mora. Based in Paris, Mora has crafted a musical journey that intricately weaves elements of prog rock and various metal genres to deliver a captivating and emotionally charged listening experience.
The album, comprising five tracks, is not merely a collection of songs but a profound exploration of consciousness. Mora delves into the haunting shadows of depression and the urgent mission of suicide prevention, making “1972” an intense and poignant musical narrative. The project is a heartfelt homage to Albert, Mora’s late brother, whose tragic passing in 2017 deeply influences the album’s thematic core.
The track listing unfolds like chapters in a compelling story, each song contributing to the overarching emotional tapestry of the album.
- Why? – The album opens with “Why?”, setting the tone with intricate guitar work and atmospheric soundscapes. Mora’s emotive vocals draw the listener into a contemplative space, exploring the complexities of grief and loss.
- Your Last Breath – “Your Last Breath” continues the emotional journey, with a blend of powerful riffs and poignant lyrics. The track showcases Mora’s ability to convey raw emotion through his guitar playing and evocative vocal delivery.
- Lost (A Cry in the Dark) – The third track, “Lost (A Cry in the Dark),” takes a darker turn, delving into the depths of despair. The arrangement is dynamic, featuring shifts in tempo and mood that mirror the tumultuous nature of the subject matter.
- The Great Beyond. Parts 1, 2 and 3 – A magnum opus within the album, “The Great Beyond” spans three parts, creating an expansive sonic landscape. Mora’s proficiency as a guitarist is on full display here, as he skillfully navigates through intricate progressions, building a musical journey that mirrors the complexities of life and death.
- Into the Light – Closing the album, “Into the Light” provides a cathartic resolution. The song reflects a sense of hope and redemption, as if emerging from the darkness into a newfound understanding and acceptance.
Ronald Mora‘s the.divine.paradox? succeeds in creating an album that is not only a tribute to a lost loved one but a passionate call to address the issues of mental health. The fusion of prog rock and metal elements serves as a vehicle for Mora’s emotional expression, making “1972” a unique and powerful addition to the world of contemporary rock music. This album is a testament to the ability of music to convey complex emotions and connect with listeners on a profound level.
The fusion of prog rock and metal elements serves as a vehicle for Mora's emotional expression, making "1972" a unique and powerful addition to the world of contemporary rock music.