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Allan Holdsworth has an agreement with the GnarlyGeezer.com cyberpresence to offer his music and this website also offers other CDS by very fine fusion artists. Seeing new names caused me to ask Tom Voli to send some demos. I am very glad he did so as I was fortunate enough to discover Ronny Heimdal.
I am very impressed and delighted with all of my listens to Timequake by this Norwegian fusion band. (If memory serves me the term “timequake” comes from the time travel, sci-fi movie Millenium where screwing up the past would cause major upheavals in the future.) Anyway . . . the musicianship and compositions on this release are fusion bliss. There is of course loads of jazz fusion but there are bits of progressive metalloid rock as well. Many very wonderful things are happening here.
If you dig Allan Holdsworth, Tribal Tech, and Houston, Texas' unknown fusion by Stratus or the far East’s Kenso then do grab Timequake. The songs are not mere structures for guitar whankery but hold up as songs that happen to feature virtuoso fret work coupled with very competent keys and assorted synth embellishings for great atmospherics. After thirteen tracks of excellence I began to be amazed at the cohesiveness of this Heimdal’s creative download onto this CD.
Heimdal rips it up on guitar, synth keys, and programming. Bass work and drums are also very tight and pro all the way. This is one very hot trio of guitar-driven fusion excess in the way we fusionheadz like it! There are quiet moments, dreamy sections but all roads lead to high energy chops and technically precise crunch amidst many a tornado of notes. Heimdal even pays a tribute to music from the flik The Fifth Element, a campy, Bruce Willis sci-fi action-adventure outing that I have watched on video and now DVD way too many times.
Final analysis: “A solid winner! High recommendations! More Ronny, more.” And as Willis said, “Anyone else want to negotiate?”
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.