"Wring 2: Project Cipher" (Cult of the Wolf Records; 2021)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

As much as I say it doesn't matter to me if a band does something new as long as they do what they do well, it's always nice to find a band that does things a little differently. That is certainly the case with The Wring and their second album, "Wring 2: Project Cipher."

I would say that "Wring 2" is a hard rock album first but it is so layered with prog rock (and prog metal) elements that it becomes something excitingly new. All of the element we crave are here: heavy guitar, razor-sharp leads, fast paced tunes. But there's an additional layer of prog and even funk that that sets this music apart. It's hard to say exactly what but, if you give it a listen, you'll see what I mean. It sort of sound like Blue Oyster Cult meets Alan Parsons Project ... or something. And, hey, that's a pretty good combo.

Bottom line, if you're a fan of hard rock, progressive rock or even progressive metal, then "Wring 2: Cipher Project" is something you should check out.

The Wring: Don Dewulf Guitars; Thomas Lang Drums; Marc Bonilla Vocals; Bryan Beller Bass (3 tracks); Jason Henrie Bass (4 tracks); Jason Sadites Guest Solo (1 track).

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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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