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Rubycone

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4.02 | 8 ratings | 3 reviews | 25% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2009

Songs / Tracks Listing


1. It's All About Fashion (3:40)
2. And The Perfect Yellow Walls Would Show You The Magic (4:01)
3. Midnight Broken Heart (1:22)
4. Children And Funny Earthquake (2:51)
5. Fisherman's Story (4:06)
6. Vikings Love Horses (3:57)
7. Cry, Baby, You Are A Machine (3:28)
8. Porcupine Tree Alone (1:23)
9. Don't Stop, Michael (3:41)
10. Downhill On The Bike (3:31)
11. When The Rain Is Over I'll Say To You Hasta La Vista (6:48)

Total time: 41.08

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Line-up / Musicians

Roma "Romones" - guitar
Nikita "Primus Man" - drums
Stas "VStas" - bass
Stas "Norfeus" - guitar


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MALS Records

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RUBYCONE Pictures of Susceptible Housewives ratings distribution


4.02
(8 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(25%)
25%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(62%)
62%
Good, but non-essential (12%)
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Review by Raff
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4 stars Even a casual listener will immediately notice the album's quirky title and the matching, Fifties-style cover artwork. The tracklist will then reveal titles that bring the Canterbury scene to mind, displaying a sense of humour that is none too frequent in the world of progressive rock. The actual listening experience, however, may turn out to be disappointing for those expecting a series of avant-garde-tinged, amusing stories - "Pictures for Susceptible Housewives" is a wholly instrumental album, and the only vocals heard come in the shape of voice-overs. Though the album was conceived as a series of sonic vignettes, loosely based on the effect of consumerism on ordinary people, its instrumental nature makes the connection between the concept and the music somewhat elusive, unless one is possessed of a very fertile imagination. It was nevertheless a bold move on the part of the band, and one that could lead to interesting developments .

Musically speaking, Rubycone occupy that grey area between prog-metal and hard-edged 'classic' prog la King Crimson. The prog-metal inspiration is most evident in the second half of the album, in the crushingly heavy riffs and rapid-fire drumming of the likes of "Cry Baby, You Are a Machine" and "Don't Stop, Michael". Echoes of King Crimson surface instead in the guitar tone of "Children and Funny Earthquake". Most of the tracks alternate slower, mid-paced sections with hectic riffing and spiky, shred-like lead work - as exemplified by "Vikings Love Horses", which features some tasteful, Spanish-style guitar licks alongside the unleashed riffage, and the drum-powered "Fisherman's Story".

As the whole album runs at 41 minutes, the tracks are short and to the point - the longest, album closer "When the Rain Is Over, I'll Say to You Hasta la Vista", is for more than half made up of sound effects (rain, thunder and lightning), plus a snippet of dialogue from the "Terminator 2" movie, while the rest is a full-throttle metal cavalcade. Given the nature of the music, the disc's short running time is definitely a bonus point ? something a lot of modern bands still have to learn. There are also a couple of mainly acoustic, very short interludes, "Midnight Broken Heart" and the funnily-named "Porcupine Tree Alone".

As can be expected from such an ambitious album, the musicianship is excellent throughout. Thankfully, the collective members of Rubycone avoid bludgeoning the listener over the head with their technical chops, and the outstanding production values make it possible for each musician to be heard and appreciated in his own right. On the other hand, it should also be said that "Pictures for Susceptible Housewives", though an undeniably solid effort, is not always completely successful in the originality department, and that the frequent shredding can get somewhat tiresome at times. A bit more melody in the guitar department would definitely be an improvement for the future, especially if the band choose to pursue the path of instrumental music.

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Posted Thursday, December 31, 2009

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Intriguing debut from this Moldovan act.

On these 11 instrumentals they explore a contrasting musical landscape, where the guitars dominate the proceedings from start to finish.

Acoustic guitars and melodic undistorted guitars are contrasted with distorted and often heavy riffs, where each track has sequences of both the gentler and the more brutal aspects of this instrument; and careful dissonances are added in the multiple layered guitar themes to add some subtle textures and details to the explorations. Usually there will be either one soloing pattern over a more laid-back melodic theme or a riff pattern; but also melodic embellishments over a thematic foundation are utilized from time to time.

Short tunes means that these efforts don't get too repetitive, and there are enough good ideas on this album to make it enjoyable too - at least of you're fond of instrumental albums verging back and forth between rock and metal in style. Good debut by a talented act.

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Posted Friday, January 01, 2010

Review by kev rowland
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover Team
4 stars A Fifties-style cover and an interesting album title gives nothing away about what one will find when one puts this on the player, and song titles such as "And The Perfect Yellow Walls Will Show You The Magic" doesn't exactly lend themselves to interpretation. But all becomes clear when one finally listens to the music as here we have a band that are refusing to conform in any way whatsoever. The basis of this could probably be best described as instrumental prog metal, but there are huge jazz influences at play here as well. They move between electric and acoustic instruments with ease, each having it's own place in the collage of music they present, and while they can riff out in true Dream Theater style with plenty of counterpoint and aggression the real joy of this album is never being really sure as to what it likely to come next.

With 11 songs and only just over 41 minutes long it is a concise piece of work, with just the one lengthy number, the closing "When The Rain Is Over I'll Say To You: Hasta La Vista" (with some sound snippets from a certain film) which is eight minutes, but generally they have to keep their musical journeys short and to the point. Overall this is quite a debut from this Moldovan quartet, and some five years on from its release I am amazed that there hasn't been a follow-up. I just hope that doesn't mean that these guys are no more as this is well worth investigating. The music is so tight there just isn't any room for a singer or keyboards, and the rhythm section manage to keep it going so that the two guitarists can interweave the melodies. Superb.

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