PURSUIT


"Quest" (Self-released; 2006)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

"Quest" is a progressive metal record that will impress even the staunchest fans of the genre. Featuring larger-than-life songwriting, incredible arrangement and a band of musicians whose talents are huge and undeniable, "Quest" is a shocking surprise coming from an independent production.

Combining the complexity of Dream Theater with the power of Symphony X (with a dash of Rush and/or Kansas thrown in from time to time), "Quest" has never a dull moment. Each track is a glorious audio tapestry that hooks and holds the listener, and surprises with its experimentation, without ever going so far beyond the norm as to alienate.

The production is amazingly crisp, clear and perfectly balanced and the sound is nothing short of stunning, especially from a three member band.

Lyrically, "Pursuit" is obviously a Christian band. The band's Dan Wolfe is quoted on their website as saying: "Some groups I enjoyed listening to include Kansas, ELP, Rush and Yes. Although I enjoyed their sound, it seemed the lyrics were hollow. It became my desire to couple my music with lyrics that would glorify God. This is what God has called me to pursue." Wolfe has certainly done this and wears his heart on his sleeve throughout the CD.

Pursuit: Dan Wolfe - keyboards/guitars; Andrew Zaichlke - vocals; John Sebring - drums.

For more information, check out http://www.pursuitband.com


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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