Prisma — You Name It
(Loudville no#, 2012, CD)
by Paul Hightower, Published 2014-07-04Swiss band Prisma has been criticized for following perhaps a bit too closely in Tool’s footsteps, which can certainly be heard on this, their second album. The instrumental backline of Valentin Grendelmeier (guitar), Marc Müllhaupt (bass), and Andi Wettstein (drums), churn out the sort of grinding, layered, electrical storm of alt-metal that’s been around since the early 90s (and it’s unfair to associate that particular sound with Tool alone). They take the 11 tracks through a dizzying firestorm of unison riffs, odd meters, stop-start kinetics, and pummeling, tribal rhythmic assaults that fans of Tool or any number of bands in that school will enjoy. Singer Michael Luginbühl sings in English with a youthful and plaintive delivery similar to Maynard James Keenan (yes, it’s also laced with profanities), though he never launches into the sort of banshee screams MJK is famous for. If anything he — and the band as a whole — don’t rise to the level of barely tamed ferocity and sonic assault Tool was known for. But that’s not to say this is an album without plenty to offer. At their most progressive the songs remind me of Fates Warning or Porcupine Tree circa Deadwing. The arrangements offer a good balance of complexity to please the brain, melodies to stir the heart, and animal aggression to get the blood boiling. Is it the most original thing I’ve ever heard? No. But for what it is it’s done well, and certainly worth a listen by those of a Tool-ish inclination.
Related artist(s): Prisma
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more
Wolfgang Dauner RIP – Pianist Wolfgang Dauner, one of the pioneers of both European free jazz and jazz rock, has died at the age of 84. With his own groups and with the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, his playing and compositions were a prominent presence in European jazz from the mid-60s until just recently. » Read more
Michael Allison RIP – Michael Allison, who since 1997 has been recording as Darshan Ambient, passed away on January 9th after a long and brave battle with cancer. He has been at at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene, with over eighteen releases to his credit. » Read more
Neil Peart RIP – One of rock music's defining drummers has died at the age of 67. Neil Peart's work with Rush provided one of the templates for percussion in rock, and he certainly ranks in the top ten most influential drummers of the 20th Century. Peart retired from playing in 2015 due to health issues, and succumbed to brain cancer on January 7, 2020. » Read more