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Dr. Mint: Visions and Nightmares

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Dr. MInT (acronimo costruito sulle iniziali dei musicisti che compongono il quintetto) è un gruppo giovane ed esuberante, dalla visione dark che non fa quasi mai intravedere spiragli di luce, e il titolo Visions and Nightmares è in tal senso eloquente.

L'inizio è un lieve e dolce crescendo in cui i musicisti indugiano dando vita ad atmosfere intriganti e soffuse, ma strada facendo forza ed energia emergono e assumono ruolo primario.

L’album è costituito da due suite, “Visions and Nightmares” e “Apocalyptica”. Entrambe sono state registrate live in studio e sono basate principalmente su improvvisazione e interplay.

Bel feeling tra i cinque, che dialogano ottimamente e sembrano prediligere l'improvvisazione e le sonorità rock.

Leader non dichiarato sembrerebbe essere il trombettista Daniel Rosenboom, compositore di tutti i brani e musicista dalla pronuncia morbida e impeccabile accompagnata da un fraseggio lirico.

Le sonorità acide della chitarra di Alex Noice e il drumming potente e preciso di Caleb Dolister caratterizzano fortemente il disco, i ritmi ostinati e ipnotici del bassista Sam Minaie sostengono solidamente i fiati che si alternano o duettano in perfetta sintonia. Gavin Templeton al sax alto sembra suonare a memoria con il leader e a tratti nella pronuncia ricorda vagamente Zorn.

Nel complesso si tratta di un buon disco, che si muove in un ambito assai prossimo a quello del giovane quintetto Kneeebody, ma con maggiore propensione al rock e minor inventiva, e che alterna momenti di grande energia ad atmosfere soft dark.

Track Listing: Visions and Nightmares: 1.First Light - 03:02; 2. Gathering - 02:45; 3. Fire Flight - 07:04; 4. Submerge - 02:52; 5. Duel in The Deep - 06:10; 6. Breach - 03:36; 7. Waiting… - 02:22; Apocalyptica: 8. Prophecy - 00:25; 9. Soma - 03:47; 10. Chasing Dreams - 05:38; 11.Rift - 05:16; 11. Rift - 05:16; 12. Dance for Fire Reign - 04:49; 13. The Horsemen Ride - 03:22; 14.Wasteland - 03:22; 15. Summon teh Shadow Sun - 08:08. Tutte le composizioni sono di Daniel Rosenboom.

Personnel: Daniel Rosenboom (tromba); Gavin Templeton (sax alto); Alex Noice (chitarra elettrica campionatore voci ); Sam Minaie (basso elettrico ed effetti loops); Caleb Dolister (batteria).

Title: Visions and Nightmares | Year Released: 2008 | Record Label: pfMentum

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