Abbfinoosty - The Storm

Year of Release: 1996
Label: Cyclops
Catalog Number: CYCL 034
Format: CD
Total Time: 55:45:00

After having released their debut Future, the band sent their follow-up The Storm in your direction. It pleased me to see that the band evolved massively both concerning compositions and interplay. Guitarist/singer Asif can surely be seen as one of the most interesting assets within the renaissance of the prog movement. He?s the man of a thousand and one ideas with a very unique voice to top his skills as a guitarist. His technical ability is clearly illustrated in the smashing instrumental "Interstellar" where he comes across as a heavier version of Andy Latimer.

Whilst we had a definite line-up on Future with next to Asif on guitar and vocals also Tony Norton on bass and Robert Lowe on drums, we do have a slightly different band on this, their second album. Here we rather have a loose line-up with both Dave Ethridge and Robert Lowe doing the drum bit and the occasional help of Tony Norton on bass (only on one track ). The rest is all Asif?s work, bar the inclusion of trumpet on "Churchyard" and "You?ll Never Make It? courtesy of Tony Nash. We should also mention the dreamlike vocals of L?anee Kaliedo in the same two tracks.

Furthermore, The Storm offers some great musical quality where we find influences of Alice in Chains, Extreme and Soundgarden next to the conventional sounds. The prominent role surely is destined for the guitar which means that Abbfinoosty can shake off the tauted bodice of prog rock in favour of a more experimental direction which fits perfectly with the current scene!

When The Sun Explodes (5:00) / Interstellar (5:17) / Cyberspace (5:14) / Saddest Girl (4:03) / Love Like This (5:45) / Churchyard (4:09) / Hawk (3:54) / Hell Or High Water (5:56) / Dream (5:17) / Sul Catcher (3:55) / You'll Never Make It (3:46)

Asif - guitars, vocals, keyboards
Dave Ethridge - drums, vocals
Alan Dickerson - keyboards
Robert Lowe - drums
Tony Norton - bass
L?anee Kaliedo - vocals
Dave Fancourt - voice of dead
Tony Nash - trumpet

Future (1994)
The Storm (1996)

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin UK

Added: March 16th 2001
Reviewer: John "Bobo" Bollenberg

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