One of the real perks of running Facelift Magazine back in the Nineties was having carte blanche to follow the paths of various bands and their musicians and often ending up somewhere entirely unexpected. You could argue he's the lead, but that said, all 3 musicians are nothing short of impressive and each composition flows perfectly. Been a huge fan of Ryan Martinie's style for years, and his presence is immense on this album. All songs composed by Martinie, Lozaga, Hull. Mudvayne era Martinie elements are present, but only to a point, with a mixture of tongue-in-cheek secret agent music. The Pierre Moerlen strand continued until around 1981, adding his name as a prefix to the Gong name and under this monicker he continued to release sporadic albums over the next couple of decades until his untimely death in 2004. This is fantastic, proggy instrumental metal with a tasteful sprinkle of jazz.
Linda for her ebullient personality and intuitive musicality. This is easily among the best instrumental records to cross our radar in 2017. Jamie King's production is just the cherry on the cake, his crystal clear sound and high dynamic approach suits the band perfectly. Together along with Mitch Hull, they create Soften The Glare! Jamie King for his camaraderie, skills and musical barometer. Bon has also toured throughout the world.
Both were percussive-heavy, heroically guitar-riffed and very fine indeed, reuniting the likes of Lozaga, Rowe, Holdsworth, and Benoit Moerlen. Both of these took some of the thunderous drive of Gongzilla and metalled it out even more, in a high-powered trio format incorporating bassist Ryan Martinie and drummer Mitch Hull. The album was recorded and produced by Jamie King Between The Buried And Me, Scale The Summit. The scientific community, for providing intrigue and answers to humanity's most enduring questions. . This seems to be a somewhat uncommon gift in this style music.
A beautiful mixture of progressive metal, rock, jazz fusion and funk. Favorite track: March Of The Cephalopods. Simply put, this is a wonderful album. Mother nature, for her constant inspiration. Grooves encompass the sonic palette as basslines rise to the forefront of the mix. Highly recommended for fans of bass led music in general and prog fans! Check it out and decide for yourself!! Mark Scribner for sticking it out with me and acting as a trustworthy sounding-board. You might want to grab a drink for this one, Mr.
Mitch thanks Mom, Rachel, Dustin, Cody, Lua, Draven and Joey dog for their support, the fans and Pledgers who helped make this happen, my partners in musical escapades Bon and Ryan, Jamie King for his expertise and patience, Chad at Vater Percussion, Chris at Aquarian Drumheads and Rick at Sabian. Now as Soften The Glare, their music is evolving and constantly changing, bringing in elements from both their worlds and others. I hope the rest of the year is as much fun…. Altogether, they make for one potent experience! Both served to show what a very fine composer and soloist Lozaga is. For it is, indeed, a head turner.
With his various projects he has released over a dozen albums featuring such noted guests as Allan Holdsworth, Kai Eckhardt, David Torn, and David Fiuczynski. Ryan thanks Annie for all that I cannot express with words. At worst, some parts may be interpreted as cheesy but endearing to others. It is one among many reasons that brought me to write this review today. This is easily among the best instrumental records to cross our radar in 2017. Somewhere along this route, I was privileged enough to get on the mailing list of LoLo records, a label set up by Bon Lozaga and Jim Loretangeli over in the States.
Which brings us to Soften the Glare. Special Thanks to Brian Brinkerhoff for his leap of faith with us. Very bass driven, with Ryan Martinie given a lot of space to really explore his monstrous, legendary style. Ryan is known for his bass playing and songwriting for Mudvayne. The bass driven nature of the project also helps it stand out amongst that particular pack.
Soften the Glare is absolutely a pleasure to listen to and is absolutely all over the place in a good way. Really for me it was mainly taking the opportunity to appropriate some very fine music into the magazine whilst sharing the joy of following those links. The artists and authors of the world, that I am humbled by. This is the music of pure inspiration. Now as Soften The Glare, their music is evolving and constantly changing, bringing in elements from both their worlds and others.