2017-10-30 05:21:42 UTC
GroundBurst is an instrumental rock trio whose sound strikes for the band’s kaleidoscopic approach and wide-open mindset. The band consists of Phil, Si, and Erik, respectively on guitars, bass & keys, and drums.
These three talented musicians set out to create a lush, diverse and textural musical backdrop, borrowing from influences as diverse as electronic music, psychedelia, rock and even jazz with a minimalistic flair.
Their recent release, “Triad” is an EP featuring 3 original compositions, as the title of the release might lead you to guess!
The setlist begins with “Law of Fives” - a rocking tune with some hypnotic time signatures and cool grooves. The guitars truly come alive, alternating palm-muting riffs with stunning leads. The keyboards and bass work in synergy, creating a blanket of low end and additional melodies over the steady drum beats.
The second song on this release is a track titled “Parlour Games”. This particular song begins with a pleasant, mellow guitar melodies, exploring a cleaner tone. This track is a great example of the band’s diverse approach - certain guitar melodies almost flirt with 60s surf and vintage blues/rock aesthetics, while remaining anchored to the band’s broad creative scope and modern sonic vision - As if Dick Dale replaced John Petrucci for a night only on a Dream Theatre tour!
Last, but certainly not least, “Mazomba” is a driven rock track that kicks in with blistering guitar feedback and an upbeat rhythm section, only to develop into a stunning melodic rock piece with a diverse approach. This song makes me think about what would happen should Joe Satriani go into a jam session with Minus The Bear! The melodies are complex, yet refreshingly accessible, due to the nature of the arrangements. On this track, I particularly love the contrast between the distorted electric guitars and the mellow electric piano tones.
Groundburst will be releasing their new full-length album entitled "Vortex Street" in 2018.
- Law of Fives - 04:37
- Parlour Games - 05:46
- Mazomba - 04:56
instrumental, rock, progressive, film, music, math
Orellana is a neo-classical/post-rock collective hailing from Bristol, UK. Their new album “52”, released in late December, brought in the new year with it’s explosive and intricate sound. The project’s music transcends genre definitions in order to focus on a broad, diverse concept that is more emotional than tangible. This particular release is full of rich and diverse arrangements, but it is also a powerful exercise in minimalism, one that showcases the strength of very few notes placed in the right spots. The simplicity of the arrangement is actually one of the strongest aspects of this entire release: there’s a palpable stillness created by the long, drone notes in the background, which almost makes you feel like the world is happening in slow motion. When the chords and notes change, it feels quite monumental due to the beautiful contrast between the stillness of the background textures and the expressive sound of the guitar-based melodies.
Davenport Rex is a music project based in Detroit, Michigan. Their sound is diverse and challenging, yet accessible and appealing. The band’s music stands out as a combination of tasteful progressive rock, with shades of various influences, ranging from alternative to symphonic hard rock, just to mention a few.