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This New York trio was created in 1995 by guitarist/singer Ed Moehring. Moehring picked up the guitar at the age of 12 and pursued both singing and guitar studies throughout his school years. In response to ads in a local paper, drummer Tom Spagna (son of a veteran drummer) soon joined him followed by self-taught bassist Brian Cohen. The three stronly believe in their music and have so far released a promising debut album titled "Natural Elements" reminiscent of RUSH.

Of the trio, someone wrote: "The sounds they coax from their instruments often come off like the work of twice as many players". Indeed, the three musicians show both skill and talent on "Natural Elements", the obvious star being guitarist Moehring; his dusty voice may not be everyone's cup of tea but the variety of styles and tones he displays with his instrument is quite impressive. The other two also pull their weight, bassist Cohen showing his experience while drummer Spagna holds everything down tightly. Among other tracks, the album features a 32-minute suite, namely a five-part epic of hard guitar-driven prog. In fact, the whole album gives the trio quite a workout.

Recommended to RUSH and KANSAS fans.

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3.96 | 4 ratings

Natural Elements
Myriad Progressive Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars I really liked this album from the very first listen. This trio from New York do have a RUSH flavour to their music, and I wouldn't have been surprised to see this listed under Heavy-Prog. There are no keyboards but there is synth-guitar which adds another dimension to their sound.

"Prayer For Peace" starts with a nice drum intro as vocals and grinding guitar follow.There's a good heavy sound to this with chunky bass a minute in followed by a ripping guitar solo. Vocals return before 3 minutes. "Circus, Cicus" is an uplifting track, much brighter than the first one. The guitar grinds away 2 minutes in when the vocals stop, some excellent deep bass lines as well. I'm reminded of MAX WEBSTER at times with some of the guitar leads. "The Natural Element Suite" is up next beginning with "Prelude". This starts with synth-guitar as other sounds come and go (quite spacey). That changes before 2 minutes as a fairly heavy soundscape takes over. Love the bass and guitar lines.The drumming is impressive 3 minutes in. The guitar starts to rip it up 4 minutes in as bass throbs. "Air" is laid back to begin with until 1 1/2 minutes in when it kicks into gear. Nice. Mellow again as this contrast continues. Love this tune. The guitar is outstanding when it returns before 6 1/2 minutes. "Earth" is spacey to open before becoming a solid, mid-paced song. Nice instrumental section 3 minutes in with fat bass. Guitar solo after 4 minutes.

"Fire" has a killer intro. Heavy with chunky bass and I really like the guitar tone. Vocals a minute in. Check out the extended guitar solo 4 minutes in. "Water" is another top 3 track for me. Love the deep bass and heavy soundscape a minute in. Vocals follow. Fantastic tune. "Gladiator" is an instrumental that opens with heavy drums and synth-guitar. The guitar after a minute reminds me of Howe. This has an epic quality to it until the heavy guitar takes over 3 minutes in. The drumming is incredible, and the sound is amazing after 4 1/2 minutes. Almost SABBATH-like sounding guitar at this point. More synth-guitar before 6 minutes as heaviness continues. Another top 3 for me. "InterMOEzzo (for Moe)" is a short instrumental of restrained guitar melodies. "Priority One" is the 15 minute closer. Again it becomes heavy quickly, then even heavier 2 minutes in as vocals arrive. Great lyrics. A change 6 1/2 minutes in as it lightens. the lighter and heavy passages are contrasted until heaviness takes over 9 minutes in. Great guitar. Thunderous drums 12 minutes in. Vocals are back 13 1/2 minutes in.

This is a must for Heavy-prog fans out there.

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