Druckfarben — Druckfarben
((Not on label) , 2011, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2013-04-01A five-piece from Toronto, Druckfarben uses the standard four-piece (gbkd) instrumental format with a dedicated lead singer. A couple other members also provide vocals, and guitarist Ed Bernard doubles on violin and mandolin, the latter making its appearance on the final track. It doesn't take more than about ten seconds into the opening instrumental cut to know this band is operating in solid progressive rock territory, and doing it with remarkable grandeur and accomplishment. Less than three minutes later when the next cut begins, the influences start to reveal themselves - Gentle Giant and Yes among them (the complexity of the former and vocal harmony style of the latter) with Bernard's rock-solid guitar chops a bit reminiscent of Steve Howe. Keyboard (favoring edgy Hammond-like sounds and piano over synths and symphonic keys) and guitar interplay is noteworthy throughout the album's nine cuts. The overall delivery tends to be harder, bolder and more vivid than the either of the aforementioned classic bands, although there are occasional moments of repose. Wisely, they steer completely clear of any prog-metal clichés. The writing and arrangements sparkle with brilliance, from the bottom end right up through the harmonies, with emphasis on strong melodies and driving power. A solid recommendation for fans of bands like Echolyn, there is a lot to like here for all fans of complex melodic prog.
Related artist(s): Druckfarben
Glenn Branca RIP – Experimental guitarist and composer Glenn Branca has died at the age of 69. He was known for compositions featuring large ensembles of guitars, and for the use of feedback. He founded his band Theoretical Girls in the mid-70s as an art-punk answer to what he saw as the increasing commercialization of punk music. His compositions were highly influential, with such figures as David Bowie, Thurston Moore, and John Lurie among his fans. » Read more
OBEY Convention XI Set for May 24-28 in Halifax – As the 2018 festival season rapidly approaches, we’d like you to be aware of a real treasure of diverse and creative music that’s going to take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, next month. The OBEY Convention is on its 11th outing, and features a wide range of artists from around the world. From avant-industrial noise to experimental takes on Classical Chinese music, from chamber jazz to doom metal, from ambient soundscapes to Canadian First Nations drumming, you’d be hard pressed to find a festival with more variety in sound anywhere in the world. » Read more
Close to the Rain Festival in Bergen Announces Lineup – Now in its second year, the Close to the Rain Festival of progressive music is scheduled to take place in Bergen, Norway, on June 7 - 9. They've got an amazing slate of bands lined up, including such powerhouses as Anekdoten, Major Parkinson, Arabs in Aspic, Tusmørke, and many more. » Read more
Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington and Oregon. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more