Exposé Online banner

Ring of Myth — Weeds
(Unicorn Digital UNCR-5022, 2005, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2006-05-01

Weeds Cover art


Ring of Myth is not the only band charting a course that combines old-school progressive with elements of metal and fusion, but their take on it is interesting enough to catch my attention. The singing of Danny Flores is reminiscent of Jon Anderson from time to time, though the lyrics are not; the trio line-up leads to occasional Rush moments, but only in a vague way; the guitar and bass sometimes work free of each other like mid to later King Crimson. All in all, I find the mixture quite successful, combining complexity and accessibility with great melodic flair. Instrumentally, guitar gets the spotlight most often; with a wide variety of tones, George Picado shows great taste and sensitivity to the needs of the songs, handling excellent rhythm work and sophisticated chording in addition to the occasional solo or freaked-out effect. Flores handles the bass, occasionally stepping up with an in-your-face fuzz tone. Scott Rader’s drumming is solid and subtle, avoiding clichés but keeping the tunes on track. Keyboards (covered by both Flores and Rader) provide support but rarely take the spotlight. The longer, complex tunes are balanced with shorter tracks like “Plight,” a strange blast of distorted instrumental energy. “Blue Stem” shows some roots in rock and roll, mutating some old-time chording with left-field rhythmic changeups and an aggressive bass part. I am sometimes reminded of the early recordings from Rundgren’s Utopia (without the over-the-top silliness) and Ambrosia (at their least pop-oriented).


Filed under: New releases, Issue 33, 2005 releases

Related artist(s): Ring of Myth

Latest news

2020-03-24
Bill Rieflin RIP – The sad news reaches us today of Bill Rieflin's death. Rieflin was best known as a drummer in bands ranging from post-punk to industrial to indie-rock to progressive rock, including work with The Blackouts, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, Land, and King Crimson. Rieflin had been battling cancer for several years, and succumbed to it on March 24. He was 59. » Read more

2020-03-17
Cruise to the Edge and Seaprog 2020 Festivals Postponed – The worldwide outbreak of the novel coronavirus has started to produce casualties in the music world, and festivals are not immune. We've had word that both the Cruise to the Edge (originally slated for March 27 - April 1) and Seaprog (originally June 5-7) have been postponed to later dates, with those dates to be announced. » Read more

2020-03-06
McCoy Typer RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of one of the most influential pianists in the history of jazz, McCoy Tyner. His tenure with John Coltrane in the early 60s includes some of the most treasured recordings of the era, including My Favorite Things and A Love Supreme. After leaving Coltrane's group, he had a long and successful solo career. He was 81. » Read more

2020-02-18
Jon Christensen RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen, a musician whose sensitive playing did much to help define the atmospheric sound of ECM jazz recordings. His work with Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Terje Rypdal, and many more was sensitive and varied, adapting to a wide variety of styles while maintaining a distinct identity of its own. Christensen was 76. » Read more

2020-01-21
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


Previously in Exposé...

Marc Anderson - Timefish – Usually prog fans expect a certain level of complexity in their music, and a quarter-century's worth of artists have pushed the level of complexity in rock music in many ways: structurally,...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues