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Eminent progressive-rock drummer and bandleader Dave Kerman provides the punishing backbeats for this power trio's wily sonic assault on E M. With steely-edged choruses, linear patterns, and trance-like forward motion, the band's sound resembles a crosspollination of death metal and classic prog rock.
Guitarist Michael Lance Serviolo incorporates stinging sustain lines into his supercharged arsenal, along with injections of metallic grunge-rock stylizations. The group pursues a series of unexpected shifts in momentum, coupled with traces of humor and cyclical movements to counterbalance the huge wall-of-sound permutations. And they get down and dirty when Serviolo and bassist Tom Sublet often harmonize primary themes. Yet Serviolo's bone-shattering crunch chords generate the ominous musings.
On Etudes of Staurn/Hunting Lodge Tank, Kerman renders a Ravel "Bolero -like pulse, subsequently leading to a frantic 4/4 groove that's awash with odd-metered deviations. In other spots, the music features phased guitar parts, mutant electronics and a sequence of quirky digressions. Ultimately, it's a fun listen and somewhat typical of the off-kilter ambitions (regardless of genre) that have earmarked the ReR label's experimental manifesto.
Track Listing: Pinball Brain Node; Hanged Man Blues; Chemical Zone; Erotic Robot Device; Pebble; Screaming Baby Cyborg; Etudes Of Staurn/Hunting Lodge Tank; Land Of The Broken Toys; Forgetful Repetition; Catatonia; Subterranean Boreali.
Personnel: David Kerman: drums; Ton Sublet: bass and synthesizer; Michael Lance Serviolo: guitar; Mike
Jorgensen: extra percussion.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.