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NINE SHORT FILMS

Bozzio & Sheehan

 

Progressive Metal

3.18 | 8 ratings

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aapatsos
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Prog Metal and Heavy Prog Teams
3 stars I find it very hard to compile my thoughts about this album in a single review. What is certain about this is that it needs a vast number of spins to get into it, gather your conclusions, still not being able to produce a proper review. I will try to be as objective as I can and as far as the album itself allows me.

I believe that references are not needed for Terry Bozzio and Billy Sheehan, who both in their careers have achieved great things, performing with some of the biggest names in the rock/metal scene. What is also unarguable is the level of the virtuosity these two can present, solo or within projects. The result of their co-operation is not exactly a tech-prog metal album, but a dark fusion rock/metal record, primarily based in its obscure atmosphere where KING CRIMSON are everywhere. in the bass tunes, the vocals, the lyrics, the keyboards. This is actually the only major influence I reckon, and I am unsure of how effectively it works out.

There is a standard motif through the whole album with little exceptions: A mid-tempo beat, built around the rhythm-section (as expected). What makes this effort really obscure, is the way that Bozzio narrates, in a mysterious theatrical tone, - rather than sings - his own poetry. Yes, exactly as you heard, Bozzio is doing the 'vocals' on this record, and his lyrics speak about fear, violence, crime and death i.e. a perfect tool to communicate this bizarre KING CRIMSON atmosphere. Synth guitars performed by Sheehan add much to this feeling. Both seem in excellent form, producing some of the most innovative bass and drum fusion tunes you can ever experience.

What then can go wrong? I believe that this album is for a 'fine' taste, for just a small group of music - even within prog - fans, and not for every listener. There are moments in here that might highly excite you and others that may bore you dramatically or irritate you due to 'extreme virtuosity'. I found myself enjoying instrumental parts, and still not all of them. My favourite track is probably Edge of a Circle, being a bit different from the rest, with a 'Satriani' vibe and a great short guitar solo (!) by Sheehan. I was particularly astounded by some of his tunes but I am probably still not convinced of the vocals, and the way that Bozzio tries to get his meaning through. However, this album will have a place in my CD player from time to time.

This could easily be a love-or-hate effort for most of the listeners. As for me, I told you I would try to be as objective as I can.

aapatsos | 3/5 |

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