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Iced Ink


Eclectic Prog

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4 stars Have you ever wanted to hear country prog? This is your opportunity. That isn't to say that this is not an eclectic album. On the contrary: There is plenty else to relish, from volatile discharges of rock to smooth jazz fusion. Don't be fooled by the silly artwork or the giddy titles: This is impressive business.

"Look! It's Rock & Roll!" Heavy rock with a variety of chord progressions and jazzy flourishes, the opening track is an impressive display of stylistic shifts while retaining a satisfyingly cohesive sound. It sounds like early Rush decided to pursure jazzier routes.

"Abra Cadaver" This is initially like a psychotic blend of southern rock and punk. Without blinking an eye, the band moves right into country music territory.

"Don Julio: Jalisco's Toothbrush for Your Brain" A smooth walking bass line sits underneath gritty guitar, all interspersed with jazz and hard rock passages.

"Secret Asian Man" Juxtaposing blasts of gritty guitar with smoother textures, this is yet another piece of sonic Jell-O: Just when you feel you've got a grip on it, it takes another shape and slips right out of your hands and hits the floor. But it's so good, you get on your hands and knees and eat it up anyway.

"Chainsaw & Dave vs. The Flesh Eating Rabbits" Occasionally settling into a countrified surf-rock groove or a twangy blues, this piece offers occasional detonations of frenzied rock.

"White Box with Black Buttons" Deep percussion and dark guitar offer a twisted twist on Tex-Mex rock and roll. The countrier licks have an almost John Mayer feel to them, kissed by a bit of jazz.

"Steve Buscemi Overture" I smiled at this title the first time I read it. I think the music here is a faithful portrayal of the eccentric yet typecast actor: Strangely benign yet darkly perverse. More twangy country / jazz is offered alongside raging passages.

"Beer for a Glass, from a Can" Either is fine with me! Eclectic prog drizzled heavily in country syrup is what's still on tap here. This piece is like a collaboration between Dwight Yoakam and 1990s King Crimson (bet you'd never thought you'd read those two names side by side). The last five minutes begins with an experimental bit of noise. It was as though the band ran out of ideas. Except that they didn't, tossing in an acoustic jazz country jam. Nice way to finish up.

Epignosis | 4/5 |


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