Title - 'As The Worm Turns'
Artist - Todd Grubbs
For those not in the know, Todd Grubbs is an American rock-fusion guitarist and composer, primarily of complex and melodic instrumental music. Grubbs is from Tampa, Florida, and studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston and has been featured in national and international magazines such as Guitar World, Guitar FPM, and Guitar (Japan).
His influences include Jeff Beck, Steve Vai, Allan Holdsworth, John Coltrane, The Beatles, and Frank Zappa and he has actually also been teaching guitar since the 1990s.
Releasing his very first album Combination in 1994, he then took a decade off before recording the brilliant sophomore album Beautiful Device in 2004. Then, that very same year, Grubbs brought us Toddities, before unleashing Time, Space and the Electric (2008) and Return of the Worm in 2011. Toddities, Vol.2 came out in 2013, and now here today we have the follow up to The Worm Turned, As The Worm Turns (2016).
The opener is 'The Man in the Hat,' a straight down your throat rocker which is backed by the euphoric guitars and synth work of 'Stay Alive.' Both featuring Zak Stevens they are followed by both a quite stunning work of musical art, ''The Other Side of Forever' featuring Emily Velasco. A true flashback to the days when an epic rock song could take you to places that having your eyes open simply couldn't, it is backed by the more mid-tempo 'We Are One' featuring the brilliant John Wesley.
Emily Velasco is back to vocally aid on the angelic 'Venus Is Falling,' before a pair of throaty rockers come to the fore: The Aerosmithesque 'Living the Good Lie' and the heavy guitar blues of 'My Name Is Joe,' both featuring Todd Plant. One of my favorites is next, the Blues Folk of 'Johnstown,' a track that stands out from the crowd here - and for all the right reasons. The beautiful ethereal vocal tones of Melanie Sims on 'Fabric of the Day' is next, and the album then rounds out with both 'It's Redunkulas' and then 'Escape from You.'
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