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A Chinese Firedrill


Progressive Metal

3.67 | 39 ratings

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4 stars Criminally Underrated Artist.

This is an outrage. Flying under the radar like that, when pop stars make millions barely knowing how to play piano and/ or guitar (ahem Bieber) when we have fantastic one-man bands like Ayreon, OSI or Lunatic Soul. For those who like a Jack-of-All-Trades that actually know his stuff, you can add now A Chinese Firedrill, the brain child of Mr.Vera.

You can anticipate a blend of 311 (absolutely marvelous reggae-metal band), Linkin Park and OSI (absolutely marvelous, period). What a great bland of technology and acoustic prowness! Joey is creating (again) a great mood of espionnage music with more mellow moments than OSI though. Getting close to the pop/rock sideline, this album is satisfying hooks with finger snapping moments.

It's a real keeper for those who wants to get away from the Flower Kings pattern of 75 minutes albums with 20 minutes long epics that never ends. Joey is good with the bass, very good I might add. Expect thick, juicy, hearty bass licks with surprisingly good vocals that could be FM material easily.

My discovery of the year, although 6 years too late! A lost gem that purchasing should be your priority with feeding your children, going to work, taking daily showers and avoiding mischief in general.

Menswear | 4/5 |


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