MP3 Coming Down With Godspeed - Inspired By Chaos
A New Performance of Melancholy, Grandiose, and Psychedelic-Tinged Prog-Garage from Colorado, Including a Special Guest Performance by Gothic-Metal Artists EARLY GRAVE
15 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Progressive Rock, ROCK: Psychedelic
Inspired By Chaos, the new CD from COMING DOWN WITH GODSPEED, defines new boundaries for Progressive Garage rock, then breaks through them with all the fury of a rabid dog locked in a crowded, noisy kennel. Never before has any Indie band taken the sorts of liberties with rock music normally left to Progressive Rock professionals from classic Yes to contemporary Dream Theater.
Listen to the samples, buy the CD, then decide for yourself if this kind of music belongs in the hands of the unsupervised and the unafraid.
Track listing from the CD:
~ The Spiral Circus ~
2 Sonata Chaotica I
3 The Dreamer
4 Pilgrim Song
5 A Mermaid''s Dream
6 Suspended Second In Time
7 Razor''s Edge
8 Sonata Chaotica II
~ Solitary Man Reprise ~
10 When I Close My Eyes
11 Sumerian Blues
12 Three Days In Amsterdam
~ Special Guests: Early Grave ~
13 Kickstart My Farts (Burrito''s Revenge)
14 Summertime Live
15 Frühes Grab
Read the review:
I''ve been given an opportunity to review a CD, but more than before, its an opportunity to also review a genre. Its called Prog-Garage, a marriage between Progressive Rock and Garage Rock. And COMING DOWN WITH GODSPEED have truly given it an identity. The sound is standard Indie, the basement studio recording quality so familiar in the anti-RIAA realm. But the style is out there in a place that only bands like Yes, Rush, and maybe Pink Floyd might vaguely remember treading through once, before they splashed into the mainstream. Its in the deep waters of experimentation, where others, like old Genesis and Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, preferred to remain.
Its rough around the edges, yes, but it has a groove that gives that roughness a home, a place to thrive without inhibitions or fear of judgment. Its eclectic as much as it is consistent, intertwining keyboard and computer-generated sound imagery with the solid drumming and pawn-shop-guitar power chords made notorious by punk and grunge.
The CD opens with - wait, let me mention that the track list plays like a night at the theater, or opera, beginning with the first segment that they call ''The Spiral Circus'' (maybe its a night at the circus), moving to ''Solitary Man Reprise'', and then a grand finale that includes a ''Special Guest'' performance. So, it opens with "Enter", an exercise in choral harmony, moving to classical (or a close proximity thereof), and into more classic CDWG jams, full of motion, and a whole lot like rock and roll. They add some left turns towards something in the neighborhood of bluegrass, then bring you back out with more classical, almost New Age, then "Exit", the addendum to "Enter".
At this point, you think you''ve heard everything, but they kick up the ''Reprise'', a two part deal that hearkens back to the original "Solitary Man", from there previous CD.
"Three Days In Amsterdam" is a departure from their classic sound, with more refined layers, and appears to be an indication that their creativity is moving forward in more than one direction.
And finally you are introduced to the ''Special Guests'', which means that they''ve included a few tracks from EARLY GRAVE, a side project including the core members of CDWG, and a little help from the darker side of garage rock. This last segment includes both live and studio tracks, the last one being somewhat of an homage to the masters of gothic metal.
The most interesting twist I encountered while listening was "Pilgrim Song", a 10-minute epic, that definitely shows there ability to occupy the air waves for more than the traditional 3 minutes. However, more interesting is that it is a strange tribute(?) to "Lord of the Rings", or more an opus specifically about the wizard, Gandalf, from the book, or movies.
All in all, its a great listen, never leaving you bored as it keeps changing tone long before it makes the mistake of others, the mistake of too much repetition. But don''t take it too seriously. There is obvious humor in some of the tracks and more subtle humor in others. And when I said earlier that it plays like a night at the opera, I also meant that when you reach the end, you will feel like you just enjoyed a show, and will want another encore. I don''t know where these guys come from, but they''ve definitely convinced me. And as soon as I write this last line I''m going to hit play again and join them for another hour.
Music Critic At Large