"The Void" (Monolithic Records; 2013)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Brent A. Petrie has created a great instrumental record. Progressive music, hard rock and electronic fusion are all combined on "The Void," which is aptly named because there is a void in the CD -- you're not sure where to place it because it has its own sound.

At times, the music flows along with an electronic background, then heavy metal guitars come roaring in and then it continues with a progressive flow. The music is very well done. This would be a great disc just to cue up and listen to while you're doing stuff around the house. That's definitely not to say it's background music for the foreground task; it just has that feel to it that gives you, the listener, a chance to absorb it in a subconscious way.

Because it's an instrumental record, the song titles don't really mean that much so don't try to read into them. The music slows down in the middle and then picks up after that. There is one track titled "lo" which features Sacha Laskow on guitar and it freaking rocks!

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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