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Malcolm Smith is a San Francisco based guitarist and composer, he's also a founding member of the prog rock band Metaphor, who's been on quite a lengthy hiatus since their latest album The Sparrow came out in 2007.
In the meantime Smith has been working on his first solo album titled We Were Here which came out in 2014, released by Metaphor's own label Trope Audio. For this project Smith enlisted some fine musicians including drummer Mattias Olsson (Necromonkey, White Willow, ex-Anglagard), bassist Loren Gustafson and Metaphor band member keyboardist Marc Spooner.
The neo prog style of Metaphor is still present but that's not all there is to it, the music here is leaning towards fusion realms since the album is mostly instrumental with a lot of room for interplay. There's also a quirky almost avant garde smell to the music bringing artists like Gentle Giant and Frank Zappa to mind.

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We Were Here
Malcolm Smith Eclectic Prog

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars US composer and guitarist Malcolm SMITH is probably best known as one of the key members of the US progressive rock band Metaphor, which released three albums between the years 2000 and 2007. "We Were Here" is his first solo album, released by Metaphor's own label Trope Audio in 2014.

If vintage-style symphonic progressive rock is a type of music you have a general taste for, Malcolm Smith's debut album "We Were Here" is one that merits an inspection. His take on this music is a challenging one, and, I suspect, that among those who falls within the above specification, those with a special affection for early '70s Gentle Giant and the classic ELP albums may be regarded as something of a key audience.

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