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Chimp Spanner – All Roads Lead Here EP review.

             The djent scene has rapidly started getting stale last year with more copycats and uninspired work than originals.  Not to mention the completely pointless growling with ridiculous lyrics that most bands have for no freaking reason at all.  Although Chimp Spanner might be considered djent, he is far better and beyond 99% of the artists in the scene. Great progressive tunes and no vocals. You can’t ask for much more. And while not exactly a Chimp, he can riff.  A lot. In case you didn’t know, Chimp Spanner’s music is very ambient and progressive. Tons of layers and textures, all building on each other. And upon all those layers are killer riffs and leads. It takes special talent to make instrumental music work. 

Even though only six tracks long(it is an EP after all),  this is classic Chimp Spanner material. Don’t let the song or album length fool you. The album is all head banging and no track skipping. With this release, Chimp Spanner has further established his legacy as one of the best instrumental acts today, djent or not.

Dark Age Of Technology starts with loud drums and riffs and sets the mood for the album. It is everything Chimp Spanner is famous for, without repetition. This song is like a minefield of hooks The drumming on this song is just plain nasty. And in a good way. A beautiful way to start the album.

Engrams is a very ambient track with eastern flavours. Nice synths with a clean guitar tone make this track standout. Engrams is the shortest track on the album and sounds like the theme to a Science Fiction show.

The highlight of the record, is three part suite titled Mobius. Mobius is equal parts shreddy, djenty and ambient. Combined, the Mobius suite is among the best Chimp songs yet. Mobius Part I starts with a echoing/delayed riff, that continues throughout the song and variations of it are heard throughout the suite. Mobius Part II starts along the veins of Mobius Part I, albeit more with more synth parts. The synth sounds on this album are phenomenal and give a great detail to the music. Mobius Part III is the heaviest part of the Mobius suite and is very shredy, leading to the climatic finish of Mobius suite.

The album closer Cloud City, is classic Chimp Spanner and nicely wraps up the album. Much more cleaner in tone and less heavy hitting than the album openr, Dark Age Of Technology. Filled with hooks and riffs, this song ends with a tasty solo and drumming that is similar to the one heard on Dark Age Of Technology.

Chimp Spanner is Paul Antonio Ortiz.

All Roads Lead Here(EP)  released on 6th February 2012.

Tracklist
01. Dark Age Of Technology
02. Engrams
03. Mobius Pt I
04. Mobius Pt II
05. Mobius Pt III
06. Cloud City

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Ever Forthright – Ever Forthright.

The long awaited album from progressive metal band Ever Forthright is finally out.
The self titled album was released on December 13, 2011 on Myriad Records.
Clocking under just about 80 minutes, this is on album that will rock your socks and shirts off.
The supposed genre of djent has already started running in circles,
but these guys have taken it into a whole different level.
Made by a group of friends in music school, their music is highly influenced by Jazz.

What will no doubt gather the interest of most, will be the fact that the band is fronted by Chris Barretto,
better known as the ex-vocalist and primary writer of most of the lyrics on Periphery’s album.
Know this, Chris Barretto is one hell of a vocalist.
Myself, I prefer instrumental versions, and Ever Forthright have an instrumental version of their album.
The riffs on this album are killer. This is one album you have to listen to.

Tracklist
01 – All Eyes on the Earth
02 – Latency and Tendencies
03 – The Little Albert Experiment
04 – Lost in Our Escape
05 – Screen Scenarios
06 – Spineless
07 – Reflections
08 – The Counter Shift
09 – Infinitely Inward
10 – City Limits
11 – Dispose of Your Optimism
12 – Clockwork

Members

Chris Barretto – Vocals/Sax
Nick Llerandi – Guitar
Billy Anderson – Guitar
Jon Llerandi – Bass
Jerad Lippi – Drums
Kevin Theodore – Keys

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Aurthohin – Aushomapto 2.

2011 has been the year of the comeback albums.
Tahsan, Black & Nemesis all released new albums after quite a while.
Ending the party is Aurthohin with Aushomapto 2,
the sequel and follow up to 2008’s Aushomapto 1.

Still maintaining their line up from their last album,
Aurthohin is:
Bassbaba- Vocal,Bass,Acoustic & Lead.
Shishir- Guitar,Key,Piano & Acoustic.
Rafa- Vocal,Drums,Acoustic & Lead.
Kamal- Lead Guitar.

Tracklist:
Uru Uru Mon
Alo ar Adhar
Anmoney 2
Jaak Na
Golper Suru(Odvut Chele prequel)
Majhe Majhe
Abar
Akasher Tara
Surjo 2
Cancer
_|_(Nikkristo 2)

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Nemesis – Tritio Jatra.

After what feels like ages, the long awaited second album from Nemesis has finally been released.
Titled Tritio Jatra which translates to Third Journey, it was released on 23rd November 2011.
Their last studio album was out in 2005.

Members:
Maher Khan – Guitars
Zohad Chowdhury – Vocals
Omayr Khan – Guitars
Raquibun Nabi – Bass
Dio Haque – Drums

Track list:
01. Kobe
02. Bir
03. Tritio Jatra
04. Kolporajjo
05. Agiye Nau
06. O-Boshobash
07. Nirbashon
08. Hold On
09. Sesh Gaan
Note- The very last track, track 10 is an advertisement.

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Dream Theater: On The Backs Of Angels

On the backs of Angels, released on 29th June on youtube, is Dream Theater’s first ever release without founding member Mike Portnoy. It is also their first ever release with new drummer Mike Mangini and the first single from their upcoming album, A Dramatic Turn of Events. The single was released as a high-quality digital download on August 14th.

On the backs of Angels is a return to classic form for Dream Theater. It sounds like it could be a track from The Images & words era or Metropolis 2 era. Unlike their last few offerings which were more in the metal direction and less in the prog direction.

The entire band is beautifully showcased. The drummer is finally grooving with the band and not trying to forcefully take the spotlight. John Myung’s bass can finally be heard again. The song is carried by Jordan Rudess. He has tastefully integrated his patches with a grand acoustic piano sound.  This is all topped off by a solo John Petrucci. Everything in this song goes and fits so well. This could be the start of something epic.

Dream Theater
James LaBrie – lead vocals
John Petrucci – guitars, backing vocals and lyrics
Jordan Rudess – keyboards, continuum
John Myung – bass
Mike Mangini – drums, percussion

Production
John Petrucci – production
Paul Northfield – engineering
Andy Wallace – mixing