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The Deluge is a California-based band founded in 2005 by Andrew McKee (guitar) and Matthew O'Rane (viola), and includes brothers Grant and Shane Jordan (drums and bass, respectively). Aside from occasional wordless vocals, The Deluge are an instrumental group that blends elements of progressive rock, jazz, world, classical, and electronic music. The debut of their eponymous EP in 2007 was well received, having been performed in jazz clubs, music festivals, and countless college campuses in and around California. In 2008, they were voted "Best Instrumental Act" by music/art magazine Inland Empire Weekly. Encouraged by that success, they began working on their first full-length release in late 2008 and throughout 2009. In March/April 2010, they released "Inverted Earth" -- a studio album that revolves around the concept of a Biblical-scale flood set in modern times. Andrew Mckee, Matthew O'Rane, and Grant Jordan wrote all the compositions. Fans of Asturias, Azigza, Jean-Luc Ponty, Al Di Meola should give them a listen.

------Bio provided by Mark Brown (wiz_d_kidd)-------

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Inverted Earth
The Deluge Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by wiz_d_kidd

4 stars The Deluge are a mostly-instrumental group that blends elements of progressive rock, jazz, world, classical, and electronic music. Vocals are sparse and completely wordless. "Inverted Earth" is their first full-length studio album that followed the release of their self-titled EP two years earlier. Sadly, it may also be their last, as they've released nothing else since this release in 2010. The theme of the album is a Biblical flood that wipes out the earth in modern times.

The album builds in intensity, beginning with a slower tempo and laid back melodies, and ending with more powerful pieces filled with standout bass and percussion and sweeping crescendo's. First-time listeners who might find the first couple of tracks a little slow and understated could skip to tracks 5 and beyond, but I recommend waiting it out and enjoying the full ascent.

By the band's own admission, there is no front-man. While Andrew Mckee, Matthew O'Rane, and Grant Jordan shared writing responsibilities, all members share the spotlight during their performance. Much like traditional jazz pieces, the musicians do a round-robin exchange of the lead -- each taking turns contributing to the overall theme. A viola lead gives way to acoustic guitar, then to electric guitar, and even occasional horns. As the album progresses, the bass and percussion move more to the forefront contributing to the overall buildup in intensity. One aspect common to all tracks is that they end with some synthetic element, be it a heartbeat, breathy winds, thunder, water dripping in a cave, alien communications, or jungle beats.

Influences appear to be numerous: world music elements similar to Azigza, viola passages reminiscent of Electric Asturias and Jean-Luc Ponty, guitar motifs that make me think of Al Di Meola, and horn passages that would sound right at home on King Crimson's "Lizard" album or Cirque du Soleil's "La Nouba" soundtrack. Sadly, the horn passages are too few and fleeting.

The writing, arrangements, and musicianship are all superb, and I thoroughly enjoyed the wordless vocals as they emulated yet another instrument in the mix. My only critique is that the album is a little flat dynamically, but that is probably just an artifact of the compression in the MP3 files I listened to for this review. The album is completely enjoyable and would be a great addition to any collection. Four stars.

Thanks to tapfret for the artist addition.

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