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Spaced Out: Spaced Out

Read "Spaced Out" reviewed by John W. Patterson


If you enjoy excessive loads of guitar doing plenty of fusion-based rocking out — then you will dig this Canadian fusion-driven group’s debut release. Bassist Antoine Fafard composes and arranges all the material and his bass work is pro all the way around. There is speed, unison line flurries, crunch, effective use of polyrhythms, and assorted ear-candy surprises. Soloing is tight, expressive in a novel way, leaning towards instrumental rock and then back to jazzy fusion in a balanced way. ...

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Spaced Out: Eponymus II

Read "Eponymus II" reviewed by John W. Patterson


Thankfully, Spaced Out is back! They are crunchier, meaner, more in-your-face and full of rage. Their energy levels are peaked. I heard bits of Lost Tribe and even the Zeuhl, Magmoid, weird-rockisms of Japan’s Happy Family all on the first track in under three minutes. I am so digging this groove.As on their first release the bass is way cool fusion. All axes are sharp and it’s up to three axes on this CD! Ooh baby. This is ...

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Spaced Out: Eponymus II

Read "Eponymus II" reviewed by Todd S. Jenkins


The second fire-starter from an excellent Quebecois quartet. Antoine Fafard’s Spaced Out made a large impression on the contemporary fusion scene with their self-titled debut disc last year, and Eponymus II pushes further into unknown territories. There are even more Mahavishnu-worthy chops here (the tight, fast unisons on the opening track are simply jaw-dropping), and the spacey, mystical prog auras are even more compelling this time around.

Fafard is once again the major feature, providing both front-line assaults and rhythmic ...

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Spaced Out: Spaced Out

Read "Spaced Out" reviewed by Todd S. Jenkins


Spaced Out is a powerful prog-fusion band from Montreal. Formed in '98 by bassist Antoine Fafard, the group draws influences from Steve Vai, Allan Holdsworth and Bruford, but manage to craft their own unique sound in the end. This album could be the soundtrack to a sci-fi epic not yet written. One can imagine the transports flying overhead, robots in battle, and the ambient sounds of high-tech hallways.

As might be expected from a bassist-led band, Fafard's is often the ...


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