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Israeli artist Yossi SASSI is a veteran producer, composer and musician in Israel, perhaps best known for being a founding member of progressive metal band Orphaned Land. Come 2012 and Sassi expanded his career further by recording and releasing his first ever solo album "Melting Clocks". A production where he continues his habit of exploring music crossing cultural and stylistic borders.

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3.15 | 8 ratings
Melting Clocks
3.85 | 21 ratings
Desert Butterflies
3.90 | 10 ratings
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 Desert Butterflies by SASSI, YOSSI album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.85 | 21 ratings

Desert Butterflies
Yossi Sassi Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Israeli composer and musician Yossi SASSI is probably best known for being a founding member of the Israeli progressive metal band Orphaned Land, but he's also a veteran contributor in the Israeli music circuit as a musician, composer and producer in his own right. In 2012 he started a solo career with the launch of the album "Melting Clocks". "Desert Butterflies" is his second solo production, and was released in 2014.

With "Desert Butterflies" Yossi Sassi has created an intriguing album of music, where the focus appears to be to incorporate Israeli and Middle East folk music details with contemporary instrumental rock, with a few select excursions into more purebred folk-oriented compositions as a nice additional treat. Those who tend to get intrigued by what many people from a western cultural background would describe as exotic world music sounds paired off with contemporary instrumental rock are well advised to give this CD a spin.

 Desert Butterflies by SASSI, YOSSI album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.85 | 21 ratings

Desert Butterflies
Yossi Sassi Crossover Prog

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Jazz-Rock/Fusion/Canterbury Team

4 stars Listening to this a couple of times on I am so impressed with the musicianship, quality of sound recording (layers of guitars rarely sound this good!), and quirky eclecticism of musical themes and influences. I like this even better than all Orphaned Land albums except Mabool. Why this doesn't earn five stars is for the fact that most riffs, themes and song structures feel "old"--i.e. like rehashings of music that's already been done. Don't get me wrong, this is a great listen, a great exhibition of a gifted guitarist's talents; it's just that some of the music feels like stuff I've already heard from older guitar heroes like Jeff Beck, Al DiMeola, or Corrado Rustici.

Favorite songs: "CoCoon," "Fata Morgana," "Neo Quest" and the title song.

 Melting Clocks by SASSI, YOSSI album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.15 | 8 ratings

Melting Clocks
Yossi Sassi Crossover Prog

Review by aapatsos
Special Collaborator Prog Metal and Heavy Prog Teams

3 stars Guitar-oriented oriental rock with prog leanings: this might be the best way to describe Yossi Sassi's first solo album ''Melting Clocks'' that spins around the most important parameter of our lives - time.

Founding member of the well-known progressive oriental metallers ORPHANED LAND, Sassi could not but bring a touch of Middle-East to his far-from-metal solo album, evident from the start and the dynamic 'Drive', possibly the best moment in the entire record. The highlights are packed in the first part of the album and continue with 'Fields of Sunrise' where bouzouki passages mix with jazz/rock(!). Enjoyable is the use of multiple instruments throughout and the fusion with eastern-Med musical tradition that reminds me of home... The heavier guitar passages are also there, never reaching a metallic sound, but balancing on the edge of guitar rock (Satriani) and (less on) heavy prog (Porcupine Tree).

The investment here is mainly on melody and memorable riffs, while the rhythm section simply provides a "safe" substrate for Sassi to deliver his key phrases. The (limited) vocal sections don't provide anything spectacular, rather it is those unusual (for the western standards) instruments that keep the listener engaged (see 'Numbers World'). Sadly, pass the first few promising tracks, the album turns into more standard rock patterns ('Another Day at the Office'/'Not Good Enough') and appears to have lost its direction; well executed but not innovative in any sense. With the exception of the catchy melody of 'Simple Things' the second half does not boast the excitement of the opening tracks and consequently falls into the realm of uninspiring, even though Sassi tries blues ('Sahara Afternoon') and acoustic folk ('Sunset') amidst an overly relaxed mood.

Although not an innovative package as a whole and far from being a "new" proposal, ''Melting Clocks'', wrapped up with a veil of (rather than boasting of) progressive rock, has its moments of brilliance, condensed in the opening 3-4 tracks, and lends itself to an enjoyable listen.

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