Exposé Online banner

Daniel J — Losing Time
(ProgRock PRR117, 2005, CD)

by Jeff Melton, Published 2006-05-01

Losing Time Cover art

Daniel J (Jakubovic) is the lead guitarist of gigging New York based metal quartet Against the Wall. The young fret-bender adopts a mode of self-reliance in the course of thirteen tracks of prog metal that blend elements of King’s X, Extreme, Dream Theater, and some unique attributes. The disc opens with a pounding combination of blurring riffs and attitude that puts the composer on par with modern alternative metal acts such as Staind or Nickelback. Vocally the artist can easily carry the lead in a piece with a delivery that at time sounds like Dave Grohl from a Foo Fighters outtake and/or Lenny Kravitz. Where Jakubovic has got it all together is on the disc’s best arranged track, “End of Summer.” Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess cameos on the track, lending lush piano before the guitarist jumps headlong into a Steve Vai style passage. There are quite a few radio-friendly pieces including “The Best” and “Innocence,” which shows off the composer’s crafted acoustic side. “Out of Reach” takes the mood further down a few notches with Daniel handling solo acoustic piano in perhaps the most heartfelt lyrics on the disc. Overall the young composer is a capable rising star looking to make a name for himself and this disc shows the humble makings of future star.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 33, 2005 releases

Related artist(s): Daniel Jakubovic, Jordan Rudess

Latest news

2019-11-07
Glenn Smith RIP – Glenn Smith, founder, mandolinist, and primary composer of the DeLand, Florida based prog / fusion band Magnatar, passed away on October 18th 2019 at the age of 68, after a brief illness.  » Read more

2019-11-04
Dino Brassea RIP – Word reaches us of the passing of Dino Brassea, who sang and played flute in Cast for many years. By our count, Brassea appeared on 11 Cast albums between 1994 and 2002. He also released music as a solo artist. » Read more

2019-10-06
Ginger Baker RIP – Legendary English drummer Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80. After coming to fame with Cream in the 60s alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, he became one of the most recognized and influential drummers of the rock era. On September 25, his family announced that he was critically ill, and on October 6 his death was confirmed. » Read more

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Modest Midget - The Great Prophecy of a Small Man – Lionel Ziblat is an Israeli / Argentinean composer and musician based in Holland, and is the visionary and driving force behind Modest Midget, a four-piece touring band, although many more musicians...  (2010) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues