Knowing that the Tangents project comes from expert drummer Derek Kerswill of Unearth fame may throw some readers, and fans of extreme metal, for a turn. But One Little Light Year is hardly out of Mr. Kerswill realm of musical interest. He notes:
"... metal is probably the least of what I actually listen to. My biggest influences songwriting and style-wise have always been classic rock, whether it be Led Zeppelin and Yes, or ZZ Top and Allman Bros. But in the mid-90s, Radiohead and Jeff Buckley pretty much changed my life and there was a whole new place I wanted to take myself musically."
Along with vocalist Dave Witham (Of the Hour/Flat-12), Kerswill explores those former interests generally and the latter influences more specifically in a lighter melodic prog rock venue. The atmosphere of One Little Light Year travels on an airy, almost ethereal, plane. It's certainly driven along by Kerswill's tight and versatile drumming. Witham's vocals are equally impressive, from soaring to sublime, and dangerously persuasive.
And that probably also best describes the music within. A delicately heavy vibe can move The Pieces Fall, while generous layers of atmosphere propel like (Missing) One Little Light Year or Fall Asleep Again. On more than a little bit of One Little Light Year early Radiohead merges with modern Muse as on Nothing Left Undone. Then Tangents delivers an uncommon slice of symphonic melodic rock on Watch You Go.
One Little Light Year is an unexpected, mysterious, and superior diversion of clever melodic progressive rock from Unearth drummer, Derek Kerswill, and worth your immediate attention. Quite recommended.
One Little Light Year is an unexpected, mysterious, and superior diversion of clever melodic progressive rock from Unearth drummer, Derek Kerswill, and worth your immediate attention.
Mat Sinner is both an icon and legend in the German, and the larger European, hard rock and heavy metal scene. Cranking out music since 1982, Sinner is an industrious and prolific musician and producer whether through his namesake band, the heavy metal heroes Primal ... [ Read More ]