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POINTS NORTH are an American trio who released their debut album "Road Less Traveled" in 2012. Despite it being early days for the band the three musicians are all experienced players with impressive CV's. Guitarist Eric Barnett has taught guitar, been a session player and was a finalist in Guitar Player magazine's Guitar Superstar 2008. Bassist Uriah Duffy spent five years as a member of WHITESNAKE as well as working with the likes of CHRISTINA AGUILERA, PAT TRAVERS, ALICIA KEYS and SLY & THE FAMILY STONE to name a few. Drummer Kevin Aiello has shared the stage with MARK FORD, PAUL BUTTERFIELD BLUES BAND and ETTA JAMES amongst others.

Musically the band play instrumental guitar driven rock with an ear on strong melodies. There's a hint of RUSH in their music along with JOE SATRIANI and DIXIE DREG'S and should appeal to fans of these bands. The band is in the mixing process of their second album coming this year and are touring the West coast.

Paul Fowler (Nightfly).

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3.05 | 3 ratings
Road Less Traveled
4.00 | 4 ratings
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 Points North by POINTS NORTH album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.00 | 4 ratings

Points North
Points North Heavy Prog

Review by hieronymous

4 stars I purchased this album on iTunes after catching them live a couple of times and then seeing the video for Ignition. I had a long drive, at least 3 1/2 hours, and spent a lot of it listening to this album over and over! That's my main reason for recommending this album. I felt like I was listening to Rush for the first time again, but without the annoying vocals (that of course I grew to love in their case). There's a nice varieties to the songs, from intricate odd-time rockers (Ignition, Turning Point, Killer Pounder) to stuff that sounds like the proggiest Journey (Northstar), to ballads (Child's Play, Rites of Passage).

All three musicians are amazing! Eric Barnett is a badass guitarist with incredible technique and attitude. Uriah Duffy incorporates various bass techniques such as tapping and slapping, adding variety and filling in the space as one of the main melodic and harmonic instruments. Kevin Aiello's technique is fantastic and the groove is always deep. A lot of my time listening was spent fantasizing that I was filling in on bass because I know that Uriah Duffy is a busy guy, playing in a variety of bands around the world.

This band is great live too. My first show was seeing them open for King's X in Oakland. A few months later saw them open for Mr. Big in San Francisco. They are a San Francisco Bay Area band and also play in a Rush cover band called Fred Barchetta that I have yet to see. Considering how great Points North are I need to see them soon!

 Road Less Traveled by POINTS NORTH album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.05 | 3 ratings

Road Less Traveled
Points North Heavy Prog

Review by Windhawk
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3 stars US trio POINTS NORTH was formed by composer and guitarist Eric Barnett back in 2006, establishing an instrumental progressive rock band, a long time dream of his. Joined by Kevin Aiello and Damien Sisson the threesome has been an active live unit for a good few years. 2012 saw the band signed to Magna Carta Records, which subsequently released their debut album "Road Less Traveled".

Tight and compact instrumental progressive rock is what Points North offers up on its debut CD "Road Less Traveled". The band has a distinct emphasis on melody, and in terms of style one might describe it as a lightly fusion-flavored blend of Joe Satriani and Rush. The CD comes recommended to fans of the aforementioned artists that find this description an intriguing one.

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