Friday, March 18, 2016

Counter-World Experience "Pulsar"

Country: Germany
Genre(s): Progressive Jazz Metal
Label: Haensel & Gretel, MIG 
Format: CD  
Release date: March 18, 2016
1. Pulsar (3:50)
2. Bellatrix (4:17)
3. Helios (5:59)
4. Merak (4:14)
5. Elektra (3:42)
6. Nebula (6:01)
7. Alpha Serpentis (4:49)
8. Zaurak (4:01)
9. Europa (2:01)
10. Cygnus (4:09)
11. Sirius (4:23)

Total time 47:26

Benjamin Schwenen - guitar, bass (5), vocals (3)
Sebastian Hoffmann - bass
Thorsten Harnitz - drums
Christian Meyers: trumpet (2)
Tom "Fountainhead" Geldschläger: fretless guitar solo (3)
Steve Die Giorgio: bass (7)
Hannes Grossmann: drums (10)

Thankfully, despite it being predominantly jazz structured, it has a fairly metallic quality to it in terms of the actual sound and delivery of the tracks so it initially bodes well. Opening track “Pulsar” opens up with some rapid-fire guitar licks, backed up by some symphonic samples, giving a rather extravagant feel to it and as the tracks go on, the back and forth between the guitar and samples/synths is a captivating dynamic as they both rise and fall in opposition yet seamlessly trade the focus from one to another without missing a beat. Rhythmically spot on with some fantastic drums and a really rich bassline carries the song and the chops of the guitarist are not to be scoffed at as he makes fantastic melodies as well as technical artworks of his solo’s.
Read the full review at avenoctum.com


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