"One Little Light Year" (Restricted Release; 2010)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

You can now add ethereal and atmospheric rock to modern metal mercenary drummer Derek Kerswill’s vast resume (Unearth, Kingdom of Sorrow) courtesy of his progressively minded new project Tangents.

Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, this New England duo compiled their entire 12-song debut release via collaborations while never in the same room, though the musical cohesion and enormous sound heard from cuts like “Static” and “Nothing Left Undone” would lead you to believe other wise.

Meshing the influence of Anathema, Radiohead, Porcupine Tree, and Dredg together (“Homecoming”), Tangents provides an alternative offering chock full of standardized cosmically-charged lush melodies powered by an underlying rhythmic rock'n'roll drive (“Fall Asleep Again”) showcasing another facet of Kerswill’s distinct style.

For more info, check out http://www.myspace.com/tangentsofficial.

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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