This is Jason speaking to all of you loyal followers. How are all of you? I hope you’re doing well, because I know I have been.
I apologize for the hold up, and there will be reviews coming our from me in the near future. As some of you may know, I have moved from the Los Angeles area, to the Bay area for school. Its been hindering my ability to post frequently, but with the hard work I’m putting towards school, I’m hoping writing reviews will be my job.
But I have been listening to a lot of different types of music. So I’m not lagging it in that sense.
Now to more pressing matters…
Zechs Marquise is a 5 piece Progressive Rock band from El Paso TX. If you’re a Gundam Wing fan, (Like myself) you might be thinking that name sounds like a character from that anime. Well, after some research, you find that they did name the band after the character-a fun little fact about the band.
I’ve seen them twice before, but I had never heard anything official from them. As far as anything they had been playing at least. I wondered when they would release an album with the material they were playing on stage. After some time, Lo’ and behold, I’m listened to it now, walking around school, feeling like a boss.
Getting Paid is a fitting title for this album since you actually do feel like a boss when you’re listening to this.
The production on this album is solid, guitars are crisp, the bass is full, keys are in the front of the mix, and the drums bring the whole thing together like how they should.
Stylistically, I can’t really pinpoint where to put this album. Everywhere I look, they are categorized as, “Progressive Rock.” I agree to the definition of what Progressive Rock is, but on top of that, Zechs has a lot of repeating rhythms, but access a “groovy” sense of style at the same time. Lots of “Wah” effects, overdriven guitar, and weird synth sounds that just kind make you wonder where this might be headed. It is a very experimental album, and at times, it is hard to grasp, but nothing on the unlistenable side of things. This is an instrumental album, but there are some vocals on some of the tracks like, Everlasting Beacon of Light, and The Heat, The Drought, The Thirst, and The Insanity.
But for some of you who like vocals in your music, you should definitely give this album a chance. The 6.5 minute instrumental track, Getting Paid is something to witness as far as the experiences you feel when you listen to it, and just the head-bobbing rhythms that accompany this song. If you’ve listened to Zechs Marquise before, this is definitely an album that is completely different stylistically, and if you listened to that last album, don’t go into Getting Paid expecting the same results.
What do you think?
Frabbits Rating: 7/10