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18 February 2022

Words by Michael Naidos

Naming his project after the Noble Eightfold Path practises of Buddhism, Shannon Kerr is no stranger to self-examination and the releasing of one’s true self.

Fear is the latest from Kerr’s one-man artistic outlet, EIGHT.FOLD.PATH, and a continuation of exploring personal vulnerabilities which began with Alien in 2020.

“I wrote Fear during a period of examining my own chronic anxiety,” Kerr explains. “But I’ve realised my fear is created inside my own mind, and I can choose how I deal with it.”

Fear opens impressively with a galloping tempo held together by a thrashing guitar riff and intense pacing of drums. During the first verse a treat of sci-fi like synth is heard which is welcomed back in full bloom during a mid-song breakdown.

The lyrics ponder the definition of fear before analysing its effect on Kerr’s mentality, sung with an intoxicating and powerful wallow. As if like a mantra, he repeats “I will not fear” throughout the song, embracing the confidence that he is in control of his mind.

Speaking of, Kerr is in full control of the instrumentation and production of the track. He creates something reminiscent of Devin Townsend with a dash of Meshuggah, yet making it unique to himself and securing EIGHT.FOLD.PATH’s sound completely as his own.

The layers of Fear’s monstrous composition encapsulate the journey through overcoming the treacherous emotion with full forced strength and efficiency.

If Fear is a sign of what we can hopefully expect from EIGHT.FOLD.PATH in the future, then Shannon Kerr and listeners alike have little to worry about.

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