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Drummer Scott ROCKENFIELD (QUEENSRYCHE) and guitarist Paul SPEER collaborated in 2000 on material based around the journey through the Hells Canyon gorge; the result was a cinematic record with a wide mixture of both accessible and non-conventional genres that might interest an average prog fan.

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3.93 | 8 ratings
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 Hells Canyon by ROCKENFIELD / SPEER album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.93 | 8 ratings

Hells Canyon
Rockenfield / Speer Crossover Prog

Review by Dan Bobrowski
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3 stars More rock than prog, this instrumental release is an enjoyable listen. Queensryche drummer Scott Rockenfield teams up with fellow Washingtonian Paul Speer for a Tangerine Dreamish cinematic disc.

Hells Canyon is a concept album which would have been much better if the liner notes would have been more thorough and detailed to give the listener a better understanding of the theme. The titles depict a place along the length of this mighty Western U.S. gorge. Speer gives a few notes for each tune, adding some visual component to the music. You can see the Snake River in your mind at it slithers through the surrounding rock cliffs, while the Red Torrent takes the snake through powerful churning rapids. Imagine the Native American's legendary Coyote gouging out the canyon with a stick. Tales of massacres, escape and capture. Plenty of mind candy to go with the aural rollercoaster. More detail in the booklet could have hightened this experience. This is one case where adding more to the non-musical side of the product could have strengthened the overall effect and success. I could imagine taking this theme and adding a DVD of the actual canyon journey together to make an inspiring artistic creation.

This is a cd for those who love their music without vocal intrusion. No barriers are broken, nothing earthshattering, just well played powerhouse music. Three solid stars.

 Hells Canyon by ROCKENFIELD / SPEER album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.93 | 8 ratings

Hells Canyon
Rockenfield / Speer Crossover Prog

Review by Greger
Prog Reviewer

5 stars The duo Scott Rockenfield and Paul Speer has composed an instrumental concept album. Some of you might know that Scott Rockenfield is one of the founding members of QUEENSRYCHE, but the music on this album is far away from QUEENSRYCHE's.

Their latest album "Hells Canyon" are a musical journey through the deepest gorge in North America, Hells Canyon, Each song has a different atmosphere and mood. It's a mix between ambient, fusion, new age and progressive rock with reminiscences to DJAM KARET, Mike OLDFIELD, TANGERINE DREAM and XANG. Scott and Paul are magnificent musicians but they're not trying to "show off". Even though Scott Rockenfield is a magnificent drummer, I especially like Paul Speer's guitar playing. The melodies are always in the focus, and that's why this album doesn't get boring.

This is the best instrumental album I've heard since XANG's "Destiny of a Dream" in 1999. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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