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THE AARON CLIFT EXPERIMENT

Crossover Prog • United States


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Founded in Austin, USA in 2012

The Aaron Clift Experiment is a dynamic progressive rock band based in Austin, Texas. The group's multi-faceted sound is an innovative blend of classic rock, modern rock, and classical all anchored by the band's dedication to high-quality songwriting and musicianship.

Formed in 2012 as the solo project of Aaron Clift, the band has since blossomed into a powerful live group enriched by the extensive musical background of its members. The soaring vocals of classically-trained singer and keyboardist, Aaron Clift, are grounded by the powerhouse guitar of Mathew Aboujaoude and rhythm section of Christopher Aboujaoude (bass) and Tim Smith (drums) and more recently Clif Warren (bass) and Chase Ozment (drums).

In the last few years, the band has carved out a significant worldwide following. Its last two albums, 2012's "Lonely Hills," and 2015's "Outer Light, Inner Darkness," were critically-acclaimed progressive rock achievements, landing on several year-end best album lists. In 2016, the band was nominated for a Limelight Award by Prog Magazine. In 2017, the band had a star-making performance at RosFest, one of the largest progressive rock festivals in the world.

The Aaron Clift Experiment continues to move its dynamic sound forward in its 2018 release, "If All Goes Wrong." The album contains the band's most diverse and electrifying music to date - songs full of enthralling melodies, masterful epics, and addictive pop hooks.

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3.82 | 11 ratings
Lonely Hills
2012
3.31 | 13 ratings
Outer Light, Inner Darkness
2015
3.17 | 10 ratings
If All Goes Wrong
2018

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 If All Goes Wrong by CLIFT EXPERIMENT, THE AARON album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.17 | 10 ratings

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If All Goes Wrong
The Aaron Clift Experiment Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars US band THE AARON CLIFT EXPERIMENT has been a going venture ever since 2012, mainly revolving around the talents of main man Aaron Clift, with an ever growing cast of guest musicians and more or less permanent band members getting some history with the band. "If All Goes Wrong" is their third album, and was self-released in 2018.

The Aaron Clift Experiment as of 2018 comes across as something or a rough diamond as far as progressive rock is concerned. They play around with boundaries, borders and expectations a bit, without loosing track of the progressive rock playing field as such. It isn't what I'd describe as the finished article though, but it documents the skills and efforts of a band with the potential to become just that. A band to place on the watch list, and an album recommended to those who find great joy in encountering bands of this general nature.

 Outer Light, Inner Darkness by CLIFT EXPERIMENT, THE AARON album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.31 | 13 ratings

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Outer Light, Inner Darkness
The Aaron Clift Experiment Crossover Prog

Review by Angelo
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin

3 stars Aaron Clift is the central figure to The Aaron Clift Experiment, being the vocalist, keyboardist and main composer of the band's music. Together with Eric Gutierrez (guitar), Devin North (bass) and Joe Resnick (drums) he's been active since 2012 to make this project work.

As their main influences, the band claim acts like Genesis,Dream Theater and King's X, but also classical composer Johann Sebastian Bach and jazz legend John Coltrane.

On this album the opening track Kissed by Death and Aoide, Goddess of Song stand out, while The Last Oasis is my favourite.

Kissed by Death is a varied piece, starting with an ear catching guitar riff followed by great keyboard work. A real violin adds a nice touch. A touch that will come back in other tracks as well, since five string players were added as guests to the line up for this album. The bass solo half ways is a very nice surprise, Devin North knows how to wield his axe (my apologies for that old cliche).

Aoide, Goddes of Song opens with a piano piece that hints at something bigger following, and certainly develops into that, with interchanging lead roles for the guitar and keyboards. The Last Oasis, as said my favourite, is of slightly different nature, starting with only a string quartet. When the rest of the instruments join in, the band sort of delivers a symphony for string quartet, piano and rock band.

These three tracks, together with the slightly too long Moonscape and the string quartet and band piece Bathed in Moonlight make this album worth listening, and probably buying as well.

The downside here are three other tracks. Locked, Fragments of Sleep and to lesser extend Your Arms Hold Them To The Dark are leaning too much to the AOR side for me, and lack the nice compositional details of the tracks highlighted above. These are track two, three and four and if Your Arms? hadn't shown a classical influence and a haunting opening melody to catch my attention, I would have given up on the album too soon. Now skipping over the tracks that I enjoy less make it a worthwhile expeirence. Recommended, but there's room for future improvement for this band.

Also published on my blog www.angelosrockorphanage.com

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