Title - 'World War Trio (Part 1)'
Artist - Consider the Source
NYC Prog Trio Consider the Source have just released their emphatic new musical statement upon the world - and it's a mighty fine message, at that. Their first studio release in four years, the new brilliant musical venture will be an inventive three disc collection entitled World War Trio.
Each of the EPs from the instrumental trio will be issued separately, the first, World War Trio (Part 1) released just this past Halloween. The first EP, or chapter as it were, features 'Put Another Rock in that Bag,' a twenty-five minute piece in six parts (although parts five and six are combined into the one track).
Recorded at Bunker Studio in Brooklyn, and funded by a very successful Indiegogo campaign, the five compositions are, simply put, amazing to behold. Drawing from progressive rock, fusion and jazz, the guitar riffs, the bass depths, the drum backing all merge as one to create a kaleidoscope of, some might say, "extraterrestrial" sound.
It must be said, as the frenetic guitar work of Gabriel Marin combined with the furious drumming of Jeff Mann on 'Put Another Rock In That Bag I' begin the album, that Consider the Source are most deservedly known as a band at the top of their game. An immense power trio of prog and fusion, if I'm any judge, the transition into the gently-building 'Put Another Rock In That Bag II' is flawless.
Chock full of emotive musical passages, their collective, and heartfelt time spent together creating this masterful work of prog is obviously time well spent. This second track even convinces us that Indian rhythms are flowing close by, which adds a whole new length and breadth to the track. 'Put Another Rock In That Bag III' brings a calm to the proceedings, the delicate guitar work of Marin coming to the fore beautifully. Soon, in a mish-mash of sounds, comes the backbone bass of John Ferrara, and once all three men have found their way, the distorted, off kilter approach of the track is steadied.
The bands compositional skills are once again unleashed on 'Put Another Rock In That Bag IV,' not my favorite of the bunch, but still another passageway to explore here on World War Trio (Part 1). The final two tracks, if you will, are 'Put Another Rock In That Bag V and VI,' and here is where I suddenly understood where I had heard such melodies before. Not in a grab and run manner, oh no, more a homage to vibe: Rush. Yes, there is definitely some loving nods to very early Rush work here on World War Trio (Part 1), and that is no bad thing, believe me.
In closing, it must be brought to the fore that Consider the Source's brand new, and first of three chapters prog-rock Opus, World War Trio (Part 1) is the real deal, ladies and gentlemen. Featuring en masse moments of purposefully orchestrated musical confusion, seemingly improvised works of art, and a neverending bent towards culling the defining source of what is currently existing, or occurring in the space between galaxies, this intergalactic musical romp is one for the generations to behold.