RELOCATOR – S/T (CD)
International musical group Relocator play a superb and hybrid blend of rock, metal and fusion, which is sure to catapult the listener to a dimension of unique sounds and intense musical pleasure.
In addition, to this quartet, Derek Sherinian (Planet X, Kiss, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol, Dream Theater) lends his superb synthesizer talents on this 61-minute opus, as a special guest musician. His playing adds so much depth to the richness of Relocator’s otherworldy and unique style of playing progressive music at such a high level. Stefan Artwin (guitars, programming), Michael Pruchnicki (bass, fretless bass), Frank Tinge (drums) and Bartek Strycharski (electric violin) make up the core of four talented musicians behind Relocator. The one interesting aspect to take note here is, they’re all doing their own thing, yet bring it to life, fitting perfectly in synch and being in the same key. As a result, the songs sound so complete and whole, which makes the listening experience quite an auditory trip. Listen to this album with a nice pair of headphones and you will hear the individuality among all five musicians including Derek Sherinian bring out the best from everyone involved here.
Last song “The Alchemist” is 11 minutes in length, but the intricate variations and slight changes within the rhythms and synthesizer passages makes this one hell of a journey to tackle, phewwww!!! And the electric violin throughout this track is played with such emotional energy, you’ll be amazed by its sheer intensity. The many different musical changes and variants make this track a hit, but it does require an open mind as it features so many cool influences from rock, jazz, metal and progressive music.
All in all, Relocator is a refreshing breath of air within the progressive rock, metal and fusion genres, and with Derek Sherinian on board as a guest musician, this eight tracker is completely out of this universe.
[Generation Prog Records] Sarjoo Devani