VOLCANO is almost entirely a solo project from Gregory Case. On his release Marching Through Time he sounds like a full-fledged band with huge sounding guitars. The production is exceptional. They got a great drum sound which seems to be elusive for quite a many independent musicians. The snare especially sounded great.
Marching Through Time is a unique sounding album and quite refreshing. The guitars sound huge and sometimes felt just as inspired by Queen and some modern day indie rock. I would say the instrumentation in general was the real draw to me. There are vocals but they often didn't feel as integral as the instrumental aspects. The hooks are far and in between but when the music is this good it really doesn’t matter.
The album opens up with an excellent minute-long piece called “Suit Up.” The fast piano rolls sounded organic and when the rest of the instrumentation came in I knew I was in for a treat. I would say it’s a powerful intro. Up next is the frantic frenzy of “Told You So.”
The vocals were maybe a little low for my liking but man is the music powerful and intense. I think some of the catchiest vocals are on “Replicate.” He sings, “I see two hiding in the bush I'd like to make them mine if I could ever manage to let go of this one in my hand.”
Another highlight was “Future Fear” which has it all. The sound is fiercely dynamic and benefits from some stellar drumming. As the album progressed I was impressed by the combination of technical and creative talent. Take for instance a song like “Distress Signal” which sounds a lot like its name. There are just so many interesting instrumental parts one after another. Make sure not to miss the wall of sound that is created on the rather epic closer entitled “Shot In The Dark.”
This album mixes a lot of cool sub-genres of rock like prog and classic in a palatable string of melodies that often felt like an album musicians could appreciate just as much as anyone else. It’s one of the albums that makes you think you have to go back to the drawing board when it comes to technical talent. This is a great album. Don’t miss out.
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