Consider The Source 2014
Waging the war on the weight of the world, New York band navigate out of catastrophe.
Having toured the globe in the decade of their existence, this instrumental team don’t opt for a cynical view on the current state of affairs but, at the same time, what’s going on now leaves no place for idealism of their 2007’s debut “Esperanto.” So much for speaking international language, two volumes of “F*** It! We’ll Do It Live” have set a template for delivering grandiosity in instalments, and the 5-section “Put Another Rock In That Bag” opens a larger-scale trilogy.
Blistering in its versatility, the 23-minute suite, whose fourth section was written by PANZERBALLET’s Jan Zerfeldt, goes against the grain of current prog trends as Gabriel Marin’s liquid guitar lines flow through the dry groove – alternately discotheque-light and heavily dark. Bulging and raving to project bliss and anxiety, John Ferrara’s bass dances fiercely and seductively around Jeff Mann’s percussion in and out of metal with elements of symphonic thunder and jazzy adventure thrown in for a good measure. Elegiac or threatening, the trio’s intrepid delivery perfectly serves their emotions, rather than showy dexterity, and paint not fragmented but a wholly engaging, cyclical diorama – frightening, if riveting.
Just like in the world itself, there’s beauty in fear. Rock out in, on to the second part now.