|A CD sized packaged from The Netherlands his my hall mat the other day and when i opened it there was a nicely presented disc within baring the moniker Nine Stones Close. What a lucky boy i hear you say, having CD's sent to him! The truth is, i knew it was coming. The man behind NSC is Ade Jones. I have heard Ade's guitar work elsewhere and thought it was excellent.
I think it fair to describe this very dark sounding album as atmospheric prog metal. (Have i just invented a new genre? Atmospheric is just what it is. there is some fabulous pieces on this album which at times can startle you if listened to as i did on headphones. Powerful chords can eminate from very dark, inky atmospheres and shock you back into reality. many of the tracks seem inpired by somekind of hospital or emergency event. This is not only evident by the actual effects in the various recordings, an elaborate thank you to all manner of medical personnel is contained within the slipcase notes.
As no track list was included i cannot indicate which tracks sounded like what other than a numerical reference. Therfore i will wait until i have such information. Being as i am a very safety concious lover of prog rock i would say that this album is for the adveturous and not for the more stayed. However, I found it a compelling listen. An album that although would benefit the employment of a more soulful singer gets it's dark, moody message across very well. Some nice big chords in there for the metalic side of prog too. Check out www.myspace.com/ninestoneclose
|Wow! It's been a while since i attended a tribute band gig. I think it is a an injustice to describe Retrogenesis as a tribute band. Having been fortunate enough to have seen The real Genesis during their hay day with Peter Gabriel and unfortunate to be old enough to remember, i can't imagine that the original band could have performed any better than Retrogenesis.
I have to confess that despite a very slight technical glitch at the beginning, the hair on the the back of my neck stood to attention as the first few bars of "Watcher Of The Skies" rang out. It would be very difficult to say what my favourite song was as so many old favourites were given a new lease of life. The rendition given of "Entangled" was simply the best that i have heard. If pressed i would have to say that my favourite songs of the whole evening were not Genesis pieces but Peter Gabriel songs. Snapshot and San Jancinto blew me and all like minded people in the audience away.
The whole evening was Fun, quality, nostalgic and a shear pleasure. I would recommend any Genesis or Peter Gabriel fan to check this band out. I would have happily paid twice the ticket price.