Smashpalace — Smashpalace
((Not on label) no#, 1995, MC)
by Peter Thelen, Published 1997-02-01
Smashpalace is a four-piece of guitars, bass, and drums, with a dedicated singer, hailing from Racine, Wisconsin. Their style is accessible, featuring savvy compositions, a punchy guitar driven style that approaches heavy metal realms at times, and good use of harmonies — mostly two part, but creatively arranged. Bassist Will Kopecky and drummer Shad form a tight rhythm unit that propels the compositions forward while delivering numerous odd-meter twists and turns, especially on "Twilight of the Idols." Their music has kind of an alternative attitude, yet instrumentally remains challenging enough to get an above-average reading on the progmeter. The tape features only three songs, so it will be interesting to see what these guys come up with at album-time. Some keyboards wouldn't hurt, but they seem to have a full enough sound as a trio, giving everything they've got, much as Cream did so many years ago.
Related artist(s): William Kopecky / Smashpalace
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