Robyn Ferguson has been on a creative rampage of late, churning forth a froth of proggy shred that has been titled the Alizaran chronicles, a collection of three ep’s that represent a alchemical journey of sorts, a journey exemplified in music of the most irredescent and immaculately constructed fashion.
“Triptych” the latest EP in a triology of technical acumen and triumphant sonic tidings is certainly a scintillating slab of celestial expression. Admittedly I am far from being a Prog afficianado. The wares plied by such covens as Dream Theater, Fates Warning and their ilk has forever been appreciated by yours truly yet never been form of musical expression that I could honestly state is my “go to” when it comes to the corrosive sounds I seek to satiate my appetite with when it comes to all things distorted and electric. With that being stated I would be remiss if I were to state that I am not in awe of the three tracks that makeup the “Triptych” EP.
Beginning with the sinuous leads, heaving rhythms and emotive heft of “Three” which features Latin American multi instrumentalist and guitar virtuoso Adam Alvarado, one is treated to a triumphant slab of Prog-Metal acumen, a punchy display of stellar musicianship punctuated by sparkling guitar overlays and interplay. At just over two minutes this track is both a fun and stimulating listen.
Track number two “Grey” has a distinctive reverb drenched lead that snakes its way over a bedrock of chugging riffs and delectable double kick action. Folks, the musicianship just keeps on announcing itself like thundercracks in the midst of a storm. Replete with tremolo picking, pig squeals and sugary tones this is a fine first single and undoubtedly one that is made to cause blood pressure to rise.
Closing track “Stasus”, first played by resident Burgstudio figurehead France The Planet, which features the indomitable Mark Pyjama, is my favorite track on this EP. The riffs and atmospherics are of a far more menacing bent. The symphonic layering and the manner it collides with the chugging guitars are reminiscent of both Dimmu Borgir and Cradle Of Filth. What begins as a somewhat more sinister track is then sheathed in Ferguson’s patented melancholic and emotive leads. For a musical miscreant as myself I yearned for the menace to persist through the tracks runtime though.
So there you have it. The above is my humble review of the latest EP by Prog Prodigy Robyn Ferguson and her assorted crew of collaborators. As stated Prog is far from my favored form of metallic expression and the type that Robyn Ferguson specializes in, although worthy of praise, is a tad to grandiose and gallant for my taste. On days in which I fiend for a ray of light to envelop my bestial and bludgeoned being I will inevitably know where to turn.
“Triptych” will be available to stream and purchase from 26th of Feb. Personal taste aside I commend Robyn Ferguson for her creative fire and urge all and sundry to check out this virtuoso guitarist and her music posthaste.