Rene Benton – Xpressions Too!!! [Shört Storeez] – Album Review

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Rene Benton album Xpressions Too!!! [Shört Storeez] is a mixture of rock, metal and acid-rock-jazz  instrumental compositions.

Due to the fact that Rene Benton has served in the US military there are a few tracks that resemble his experiences starting with the first track Push Pull, which is a fairly aggressive piece of music. Then you have the following tracks East Meets West that has some Arabic musical phrasing going on. The intro to Drone 3.3 has some electronic signals effect on the guitar to kind of simulate the starting of this electronic remote control aircraft, while the chugging of the rhythm guitar is part of the mission and the lead guitar is the drone flying effortlessly high-up through the sky. Green Light Go! has a great adrenaline rush feel, well how would you feel if you had to jump out of an aeroplane? Exactly. Well these are the tracks that has been drawn on his global travels with his fellow US Marines.

You then get tracks that have a very different feel like Nation Of Struggle, which changes tempo, notes and style within the composition.

Getting into the space race of completely changing Mankind through computer technology is expressed in Clone Theory.

The next crop of tracks Part Of Me, This Is Life, Thingsz Happen, and V.U.S are more free flowing compositions that burst with perfect fluency and you hear how refined Rene Benton is whether playing raw or neoclassical lead guitar and how he crafts his instrument around what he wants to convey through his music.

Are you going to live or die is the theme of Lyfe Support, with added effects of the heart machine beeping and ambulance coming to the rescue.

Open Air is the last track and finishes the album on a high note.

Xpressions Too!!! [Short Storeez] is available @ CD Baby

 

 

Fred Colombo – The Road EP – Review

Fred Colombo - The Road EPFred Colombo latest release is his The Road EP.

Looking over the notes to Fred Colombo you think you’re going to listen to some heavy metal music due to his previous work, but he has chose to do something completely different.

Far from being music you step-down into the mosh pit you step into a room full of disco light balls and laser lights with smoke breaking-up the different colours and making them soft to suit the electronic pop with ever so slight raw elements that come through.

The track listings:

1.] The Gate Forever

2.] Kill Me

3.] Within

4.] Out There

5.] The Road

6.] Nightfalls on the Kingdom of You and Me

The Road EP is a twister because it takes you on a journey with some pretty dark lyrics and themes of trying to make sense of hopeless situations and trying, or rather hoping to survive and live somewhat a better existence. The notion of not being able to kill yourself but is more comfortable in allowing someone else to do the dirty deeds is pretty heavy going. But on the flip-side the music is colourful, bright and easily consumable, which twists your mind into enjoying these songs.

The Road EP is available @ Deezer