Instrumental Progressive Fusion band Ad Astra dropped their self titled album and I’m here to blabber all about it! The guys have put out a more than stellar output, to be honest with you all. The guitar work is absolutely brilliant, and does what it has to do…..some fusion guitarists just aimlessly noodle (like technical death metal occasionally, too) without a good song structure. Well, I’m relieved to say Ad Astra goes against that generalization big time. The band has worked together to create compositions, not just a band aimlessly playing their instrument. There’s great melody, sweet keyboard work as well, and some killer rhythms.
The drummer holds a solid and steady output on the kit, while maintaining great flavor in the recipe of Ad Astra’s music. The bassist holds a fine steady rhythm, and is totally locked in with the drummer’s parts. He also has some sweet fills, that compliment when the keys and guitar when they have leads and vice versa. The mood is ever so relevant in the band’s album. Considering how laid back their sound can be and then bust out of nowhere like a bat out of hell. I really dig what these guys are doing, and have clearly thought their music. Head over to their website to check out more on the band, their music, and upcoming shows. While you’re there, grab a physical copy of this album! I might just do the same!
The weird Progressive/Funk/Metal/Experimental band Short Attention Span Theatre bring a much needed and fresh sound to our local Western New York music scene. Music is watered down these days, and it’s cool to see weirder and more artistic bands slowly come out of the woodworks. These cats draw heavy influence from classic and modern progressive bands. They’re very quirky like Protest The Hero and Dillinger Escape Plan….are they THAT good? That’s up for the listeners to decide, but I think they’re pretty good no matter what.
If you don’t know the band’s rhythm section (Gus on bass and Kenny of Avulsion on drums) make up a great instrumental band I absolutely love from our beloved Buffalo area Ish Kabibble. I’m a sucker for these bands, if you know me well enough….SAST is not a one trick pony and bring lots of versatility and talent to the drawing board.
SHORT ATTENTION SPAN THEATRE
Ryan Mis- Vocals
Gordon Carlson- Guitar
Augustin Brand- Bass
Kenny Brand- Drums
Ryan’s voice is so pure, and can also fake you out with such a low guttural you wouldn’t think someone could get down that low for a guy that has a higher range. Its wildly impressive, to be honest. Gordon’s guitar work is all over the place, but is pretty sweet for the Primus fan in me. I think he has a lot of those weird ‘Ler guitar movements on his leads if you know what I mean. I don’t need to say anymore on the greatness of the Brand father and son combo, they’re aliens from another multiverse. It’s well documented in their band, and now in here with Short Attention Span Theatre. If you remember Avulsion from back in the day, Daddy Brand used to do some serious blasting for the Buffalo Death Metal heroes. You can check out the band’s wild musical adventures on their band camp and see when they will play out next by stalking their Facebook page.
Progressive Death Metal Duo A Novelist just released another song from their second album “Folie” with another great song titled “Apparitions”. The band’s album can be pre-ordered right here. It will be out February 8th. Check out the song right below here and you will see why I’m in love with the album, and band as well. They grow on you more and more every time you listen to them. And yes, “Folie” is a great album with many unexpected turns and sweet twists during its mighty journey. I urge you all to pre-order. Enjoy the song folks!
Hot dang. I recently discovered this weird and very enjoyable band this past week. This instrumental jazz fusion metal trio just blows the roof off of everything. Either you have the talent to go with solid songwriting in the weird fusion realms……or you’re just flat out talented and can run a musical clinic, with terrible song structure. Fortunately, these guys can write great songs, and be as unusual as they want. Mörglbl released this album “Tea Time For Punks” a few years ago in 2015. The kooky french trio DOES have good news and is releasing ” The Story Of Scott Rötti” February 1st.
Here’s some sweet soulful weird shit for y’all.
Christophe Godin- Guitar
Ivan Rougny- Bass
Aurelien Ouzoulias- Drums
Mörglbl’s sound is so fresh and unique I can’t tell you all how excited I am for their upcoming album release. 2019 should be a wild ass year for new music as well. I can’t say enough about this cool band…..Chris’s guitar work is so intricate, smooth and clean. The band’s sound shifts so often, it’s absolutely tough to keep track of it all. One moment it’s jazzy, then the next section they unleash some instrumental prog metal insanity. He can’t do it all unless you have a killer rhythm section, which Ivan and Aurelien masterfully supply. Check out Mörglbl right now!