Thursday, August 25, 2016

Edge Of Reality "Vicious Circle"

Country: UK/USA
Genre(s): Eclectic Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: August 25, 2016
1. Wasteland (8:20)
2. Teeth Of The Universe (6:46)
3. Grababyte (7:48)
4. Cupcake (4:39)
5. Khanfusion (5:15)
6. Forks & Spoons II (7:24)
7. Moldy Banana Bread (6:13)
8. A Miner Problem (12:16)
9. Into The Shadows (19:43)

Total time 78:24   

Joey Frevola (Kyros/Synaesthesia) – Guitars, Keyboards, Bass, Backing Vocals
Jesse Peck – Guitars, Backing Vocals
Branndon Center – Drums & Percussion
Ruben Vasquez Amos – Lead Vocals (all tracks except 5)
Daniel Garces – Scream Vocals (4)
Joel Schutte – Scream Vocals & Swedish Chef (4)
Emmanuel Echem – Trumpet (5, 9)
Johnathan Carberry – Piano (1), Synth Solo (3)
Megan Rasmussen – Lead Vocals & Alto Vocals (9)
Carolina Rodriguez – Soprano Vocals (9)
Cole Thannisch – Tenor Vocals (9)
Ollie Johnson – French Horn (4)
Chloe and Jaden Griggs – Grandchildren (7)

Shifting moods and styles throughout the album. Definitely not samey. A clear example of this is the shift from the heaviest track (humorously titled Cupcake) featuring scream vocals and chugging riffs, directly into the next track that draws from many jazz-fusion influences. This really helped sell this album to me, as I had begun to feel like the band were going heavy far too often, with little shift in the dynamics. Khanfusion was the track that broke this rule, at times sounding rather like the legendary Return to Forever, but also including a section where the band let up the fast pace to opt for a more chilled lounge jazz sound that doesn’t sound a bit insincere.
Read the full review by Basil Francis at theprogressiveaspect.net

Teeth of the Universe

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