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The Rebel Wheel

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Studio Album, released in 2003

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. 1 oz (8:58)
2. ThunderHerd (2:45)
3. Moebius Strip (2:51)
4. Organ Grinder (1:29)
5. Crystal Rain Suite (27:40)

Total Time: 43:43
David Campbell on guitars, keyboards and vocals; Alain Bergeron (formerly of Nathan Mahl) on drums, percussion, and keyboards; Paul Joannis on guitars and keyboards; Gary Lauzon on bass, bass pedals, and keyboards; and Angie MacIvoron on saxes, vocals, and keyboards.


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Line-up / Musicians

Pelle Vadim/G&L 4-string, Yamaha RBX 360 electic basses. Martin acoustic bass guitar. Zeta bass controller. Korg M1-R, EMU e6400 and Roland JP-8080 synths. Crystal soft synth. David Eden WT-600 Roadrunner Amp and D410XLT Cabinet. Demeter Tube DI. Eventide H-3000 Fx unit.

David Campbell/Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion, Fender Telecaster electric guitars. Taylor and Godin acoustic guitars. Godin Multiac and Drum Kat midi controllers. Korg M1-R, M1, Wavestation AD, Trinity Rack, Roland U-20, U-220, JV-1080, GR-9, EMU Proteus 2400, Piano, Digidesign Samplecell and Akai S-3000 synths and samplers. Crystal soft synth. Fender Hot-Rod and Mesa-Boogie Amps. Eventide H-3000 FX unit. Yamaha Concert Vibraphone, Olstead Concert Marimba, and assorted percussion toys.

Per Lind/Honegger custom drum kit. Yamaha studio drum kit. Roland stage set and Drum Kat midi drum-kits. Roland TD-10, TR-808, TR-909, EMU ESI 4000, Korg Trinity and Wavestation EX synths and samplers. Latin Percussion congas, bongos, timbales and assorted percussion devices.

Cab Lind/Yamaha Vibraphone, Xylophone, Glockenspiel and Croatales. Yamaha SU-770 and Drum Kat midi drum-kits. Yamaha RM1-X, Akai MPC-2000, EMU ESI 4000, Korg Wavestation EX, Trinity,and Roland phrase machine synths and samplers.

Nils Bell/Korg SGProX, Fatar SL-88L keyboard controllers. Kurzweil K2500XS, Roland JP-8080, EMU E4X, Planetphat, Orbit, Korg Trinity ProXv3 and Yamaha EX5R synths and samplers.

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CD Rostfrei Records independent label (2003)

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Review by apps79
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2 stars Multi-instrumentalist and composer David Campbell is the main figure behind this Canadian act.He was part of a couple of jam bands of the Toronto area during the 90's, when he decided to form his own midi-based Fusion ensemble alongside bassist Pelle Vadim.Thus The Rebel Wheel were born and Campbell recruited sax player Christopher Plock, drummer Cab Lind and keyboardist Nils Bell in a line-up where midi technology met the sound of natural instruments.The band released a self-produced album in 2004 carrying the name of the band as a title.

From the first tracks the aim of the group to combine modern technology with physical instrumentation and influences from Prog Rock and Jazz are more than clear.The 9-min. opener ''1oz'' sounds like the dark side of KING CRIMSON visiting the Latin roots of AL DI MEOLA and the experimentation of HERMETIC SCIENCE, offering smooth acoustic textures and powerful grooves.Next come three short instrumental tracks, where the gears are up and running over a Fusion enviroment filled with changing tempos and atmospheres, delivering echoes from KING CRIMSON, BILL BRUDFORD and RUSH in an amalgam of jazzy, rhythmic and heavier explorations.The ideas are pretty nice and the complexity of the compositions is good enough, but the mass of digital sounds, especially the drumming, is rather disturbing.The last track, ''Crystal rain suite'', is the most ambitious attempt by Campbell to offer contemporary music with old-school roots.Clocking at 28 minutes, this is a piece largely based on keyboards, sampled effects and ambiences with a deep, experimental edge and often a bizarre, almost chaotic atmosphere.The opening minutes sound like a more modern version of PINK FLOYD with vocals, orchestral segments and mellow guitars in evidence, before an explosion towards a Heavy/Fusion style occurs, based on angular electric guitars and layered synthesizers.Again KING CRIMSON and RUSH are good references at this point.A cinematic orchestration at the middle will open the doors for a Jazz/Fusion orgasm of synths, samplers and jazzy guitars, an acoustic part with Campbell vocals in evidence and a finale featuring more or less the atmosphere of the opening section.

Definitely the least known work of The Rebel Wheel, a deep trip into a Fusion world with progressive flashes from past and present and plenty of synthetic vibes.Not very cohesive as a whole, this will please fans of the jazzier and more experimental side of Progressive Rock...2.5 stars.

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