If you are looking for a an album driven by powerful guitar riffs, loops, and solos then There Will Be No Great Awakening is your perfect find. This album was put together by The Technicoloured Wizard, a solo project started by Antoni Sasha Koegler. Koegler has spent time touring and spreading his loopy and multi-instrumental sounds across Canada, and recently recorded this amazing, versatile album.
This project is driven by heady guitar loops and solos, and the first track “Peeping Tom” starts out as a perfect introduction to the sound. The song immediately starts out with multiple guitars and an interesting melody. It shows listeners how important the guitar is going to be for this album. The two guitars trade off giving their own passages and leading the song. The solos are emotional, they aren’t dark, but you can feel a frustration that gives a serious sound to the track.
Near the last half of the song, the melody changes and a radio sample kicks in. There Will Be No Great Awakening is a narrative-driven album with a clear political storyline, and each song represents a viewpoint that is supported by radio samples and monologues. The jam-band, emotional, independent and loopy sounds in this track echo the entire album and the guitar-driven sounds continue in the rest of the album.
The next song “The Northern Gateway” has a slower introduction, but the guitars remains the main focus. Right around the first minute, the lead guitar hits a Santana-like transition; it’s slow but powerful, and the solo starts talking to listeners and sharing a clear emotion. The soft drums keep the rhythm moving forward, but it’s a subtle and clean sound that complements the guitars perfectly. The guitar loops continue trading off and jamming out with nice, hopeful melodies that leads into the next track.
In “There Will be No Great Awakening” the guitars give a perfect intro again but this is the first track where the lyrics are a main focus. There is a political emotion, frustration and urgency in the guitars throughout the album and now we hear it in lyrics. The guitars eventually go into a heavy metal ballad, head-banging stuff that perfectly summarize a piece of the album. It all ends with the track “The Forest” which has a fast and happy melody. It feels like The Technicoloured Wizard is showing us around a big, bountiful forest. The track turns into an excellent concoction of different loops from heavy metal to happy melodies to suspenseful rock that perfectly encompass the great project and complex sound that Koegler put together.
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