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SPHERE

Karcius

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.55 | 53 ratings

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The Crow
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3 stars Fine jazz-rock fusion debut album from Karcius!

Produced by Victor a Montréal and Jonathan Cabot, the disc was recorded between 2001 till 2003, and the sound is sadly just average despite the incredible musicianship that the band contains. This irregular production make the tracks suffer throughout the whole album with some moments where the instruments tracks just don't fit like the band pretended.

Nevertheless, the compositions are a very stimulating mixture of the best jazz-rock fusion imaginable much in the vein of Chick Corea, Return to Forever and similar acts, with some really heavy guitar riffs which are the best part of the album in my opinion. This controlled power explosions make the hearing of Sphere not boring at all and always surprising, making it a very worthy jazz- fusion album for me, although that's usually not my cup of tea.

Best Tracks: Liquid Meat (rough and surprising song, with scratchy and dirty keyboards), the suite Lunatik (top-notch jazz-heavy fusion) and Absolute Decadence (stunning guitars towards the end)

Conclusion: having only heard Sphere and The Fold from Karcius, I must say that I clearly prefer the last one. Nevertheless, Sphere is a jazz-metal fusion record with enough funny moments to resist many plays.

Strongly recommended!

My rating: ***

The Crow | 3/5 |

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