"Memories of Things Unnecessary" (G Records; 2010)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

"Memories of Things Unnecessary" is a progressive metal album in the vein of Faith No More or maybe King's X or even Jethro Tull (sans flute). Their music is anything but standard; they don't color between the lines. The songs are, for the most part, sturdy rockers but there are moments of haunting elegance as well. It's kind of like The Alan Parsons Project on steroids.

The album begins a little outside of the box, with a breakneck-paced track that sounds as though it started somewhere in the middle. And it ends that way as well, with "Trendy De-Commercialization" an eerie, spacey trilogy. Throughout, it's lots of fast-paced music, decent vocals, and songwriting that's not your standard cup of tea ... which keeps things interesting.

Recommended for those who enjoy progressive metal and like things a little bit different than the norm.

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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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