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  DINNER MUSIC FROM THE GODS
'Beautiful And Treacherous'
Release Date: February 24th 2014


Roger Berzerk Fauske

Roger Berzerk Fauske



dinner music from the gods

Taking a break from all things Norwegian for the next review, temperatures get a little hotter as I head off the the Nevada Desert (not literally unless someone is paying) and find a very interesting outfit from Las Vegas. They say that what happens in Vegas should stay in Vegas but if the music is anything like as good as the build up from the bio then this lot should definitely not stay confined to Sin City.

The band's sound is a sonic fusion of Metal, jazz, and world music - driving, melodic, and exotic. Darrin Pappa and Andy Heilman bring a dual guitar attack reminiscent of some of the best Classic Metal from the 80s and mix it up with elements of gypsy flamenco. The rhythm section is comprised of Jimmy Pappa on bass and Matt Muntean on drums.

Coupled with technique, energy and taste, Matt and Jimmy’s melodic styles do more than just hold up the rhythm. With their wide range of musical influences they can go from a soft idle jazz groove, to a full Metal onslaught!

Intrigued? Well you should be...

Article continues below...



You may well have noticed the lack of a mention of a vocalist in the blurb above and for a very good reason – there isn't one as this is all instrumental. The last two reviews handed to me have been two types of album that a lot of people love to hate (and some hate to love...deep eh?), namely concept and instrumental.

Instrumental albums especially have often been admired by the musos but not universally appreciated by the record buying public, or these days make that the downloading for free if at all possible public. Even some of the best by the likes of Steve Vai have received their share of criticism so it isn't the easiest thing to pull off.

I am not going to attempt to issue a blueprint but to my mind, strange and warped place that it is, the problem with many instrumental offerings is the obsessive self indulgence, at times on a nuclear scale.

With this one, the component that immediately stands out is the drumming, which may strike some as strange given that the guitars would normally take that honour in an album such as this. But to their immense credit, the band haven't let the six string devices run amok, instead going for the melodic approach, much maligned by some other recordings of this nature.

dinner music for the gods

So to the tracks, first up is the title track. Cool bass line, intricate yet powerful drumming perfectly filling in the space, in fact creating its own space. Guitars in melodic unity, beautiful progressions, tempo shifts, even time signatures tampered with (in a very good way). Sound wise there are tonal elements of that most gifted teuton Michael Schenker, stylistically traces of Steve Vai, but it is highly original.

Their wide and varied influences are there to hear almost all the way through but it is not a case of spot the influence – there are no definite lines between them, instead they are meshed together but it is not chaotic. Music to my ears anyway. And for those more hellbent on the traditional metal sound, there are widdly bits galore, classic rock riffs thrown in as well so there is literally something for everyone.

'Sofia' is the next to be given the treatment and again it immediately intrigues and if you like your arpeggios then you are in luck. As much as they flow off the strings, the really good part about this song is that they have managed to keep things restrained in the type of song that could easily have derailed itself amidst self indulgence.

'Kashmir' is paying homage to the original that launched a million rock songs but it is not a cover, it is an interpreation, a rearrangement. Before they get cast into the fiery pits of hell for daring to rearrange what was pretty damn perfect first time around, at least have a listen to it. They aren't trying to improve on the original, just putting their mark on it, their interpretation. The beginning is very much the original, that unmistakeable beginning, but that is more a case of letting you know...yes, it is that Kashmir.

From a few bars in, the whole tempo changes and all hell is let loose, but again with restraint. Drums go off on a wild one, brilliantly done, guitars screaming at you, fingers all over the fretboard sometimes seemingly in several places at once. It all calms down again into something more resembling what you think of as Kashmir, but that is just a tool to lull you into a false sense of security before it all goes off on one again, letting rip is indeed a good description.

'Winterfell' is next and is probably the most straightforward rock track on the album although nothing this lot do can really justify being called straightforward without doing them a disservice. But sound and feel is of that genre, from the sorrowful beginnings to the rumbling riffs pounding away behind the melody and tempo shifting up for the widdle crazy section. Air guitarists will be doing their nut and entering crazy town whilst loved ones of said air guitarists will be calling the paramedics in their droves. Great track, although some keys on this one would have given it just that little bit of depth.

'Wind Through The Trees' is blowing my way next and sticking with the primarily rock theme but more melancholy and thoughtful. There is so much in this one, echoes again of Schenker mixed with a little Metallica, with a side serving of Rush thrown in (no not just the trees). You can almost come up with something different on each listen, wonderfully played with so many layers, before another one is added and things heavy up even more (must be the wind from that curry) before it comes back down. Superb track, thoughtfully done.

'The Tower' is the proverbial song of two halves. OK - technically that is a game of two halves but this is music so that would make no sense. For the first half, while technically it is good, there are not the musical twists and turns so prevalent in their other tracks, something which is more of a necessity with this kind of album. But then just in the nick of time, matters turn very jazz fusion before moving up a gear and thundering at you again. A life saver, or a track saver at any rate.

'Queenshead' ironically is also missing the melting pot of all the influences, but this one has a melody so damnn catchy and immediately grabbing hold of your inner most parts in a way that even carling couldn't manage. Musically it brings to mind Malmsteem back in the riot in the dungeon days, but as with all their tracks, it is more with the style rather than content. The drums, so up front on the whole album, pound away military like as the mood of the song takes you to the belief that the Queen's head is no longer attached to her body. Marvellous stuff and it will have you playing the gorgeous melody over and over in your head, whether you want it to or not.

So to the final track on the album, 'Ghost Troopers In The Sky' and this one is clever, really clever from a songwriting point of view especially. It starts off with a spaghetti western type theme complete with gunshot before going straight into Led Zep influence laden melody then down to an almost eerie mid section before launching into Maiden's 'The Trooper'. Don't tell me you saw that one coming because I just don't believe you, brilliant stuff and all the better as it then leaves Maiden before coming back again at the end.

So there it is, you now know what to bring along for the musical portion next time you get an invite to Mount Olympus. I have to say I love the album, it is technically good as you would expect but where it stands out from the crowd of pure instrumental albums is the songwriting, arrangements and lets not forget the humour involved (this is good humour, nothing at all like the falling off a chair type hysterics when confronted with a Coldplay song).

There is enough, as I mentioned before, to keep most people happy and whilst their influences are eclectic to put it mildly, it is a rock album but those influences have given the rock a very interesting tint.

Track List:
Beautiful And Treacherous
Sofia
Kashmir
Winterfell
Wind Through The Trees
The Tower
Queenshead
Ghost Troopers In The Sky

Online:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dinner-Music-for-the-Gods/52634973407
http://www.reverbnation.com/dinnermusicforthegods
http://www.dinnermusicforthegods.com


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Phil Lewis & Tracii Guns unite under the L.A. Guns banner once again for next year's HRH AOR 5 being held next March at Camp HRH in North Wales...

deep purple DEEP PURPLE 'LIVE AT THE NEC' DVD ON THE WAY: FAREWELL JON, WELCOME DON
The two share keyboard duties during the night in a very fitting "passing-of-the-torch" moment...

status quo ROCK 'TIL YOU DROP WITH STATUS QUO 1981-1986 VINYL BOX SET
In addition to the studio albums the box set will include an extra disc of b-sides and extended mixes...

zz top ZZ TOP TO RELEASE THEIR VERY FIRST OFFICIAL LIVE ALBUM IN SEPTEMBER
"In an abstract surrealism style, this collection is a definitive chronicle of the band hangin' together for four plus deluxe decades..."

tygers of pan tang TYGERS OF PAN TANG "SPECIAL TIME" HAS COME WITH NEW RELEASE
"The new Tygers album is finished, done and dusted and ready to unleash on our 'Tygertastic' audience. You're gonna love this one, it's a MONSTER..."

andy fraser ANDY FRASER OF FREE'S LAST RECORDING WITH SAIICHI SUGIYAMA ONLINE HERE
"'Melting Away' became one of Andy's last recordings. He still had so much to offer and I was really looking forward to continuing to work with him."

ritchie blackmore RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW TO PLAY AGAIN BUT WITH LESS DEEP PURPLE SONGS
"I would do probably ninety-five percent Rainbow songs; that's what they seem to want to hear. And it didn't occur to me. I just naturally assumed they wanted to hear everything."

saxon EXCLUSIVE: THIS IS WHAT OUR FAVOURITE ROCKERS THINK OF THE CURRENT POLITICAL CLIMATE
Comment from Saxon, Slash, Thunder, Iron Maiden, Uli Jon Roth, Hawkwind, Cher, Johnny Rotten, Machine Head And More...

beyond the black UK EXCLUSIVE: BEYOND THE BLACK SINGER JENNIFER HABEN IS LOST IN FOREVER AS FIVE MEMBERS DEPART THE BAND
"I have enjoyed the time together with the guys very much and am grateful for everything we have achieved together in Germany. I am currently looking for new colleagues..."

cats in space CATS IN SPACE SET TO RELEASE SLADE CLASSIC WITH DANNY BOWES OF THUNDER ON GUEST VOCALS
"It's is one of my favourite Slade songs, so when they asked me to sing on their version it took me a good second and a half to say yes..."

guns n roses WAS BREAKING NEWS: GUNS N' ROSES ADD MORE TOUR DATES FOR OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER
The Gunners' newly announced dates are for South America with ten dates in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile and Colombia with more to be announced soon...

keith moon YOU WON'T GET FOOLED WITH OFFICIAL KEITH MOON COMMEMORATIVE DRUM HEAD
Manufactured as a special, custom product by Remo, these 14" high-gloss drum heads are a perfect collector's item for true fans of the legendary drummer and The Who...

the answer WAS BREAKING NEWS: THE ANSWER AND THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER UK TOUR
"The fact that we get to debut this new material with our mates The Dead Daisies just adds to the rush we're currently experiencing. You really don't want to miss this one!"

ian gillan IAN GILLAN SAYS: "IT'S A WONDERFUL THING, VINYL..." WITH NEW COLLECTION ABOUT TO BE RELEASED
"You just bought something significant, not easily disposable. And look at the sleeves - aren't they cool..."

quireboys THE QUIREBOYS NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY: "THE LYRICS ON THE TITLE TRACK ARE SOME OF SPIKE'S BEST EVER!"
"I approached the songwriting from a different angle and it felt good. There's a lot of passion there."

48 hours 48 HOURS TO ROCK THE UK TO A CITY OF ASHES
"We're hitting the road in September for a co-headline tour with our broseph's City Of Ashes! This will be one of the unsigned tours of the year!"

hammerfall WAS BREAKING NEWS: LIVE LIFE LOUD WITH HAMMERFALL ON 2017 EUROPEAN TOUR: NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY
"We can't wait to get back on stage again to have a gigantic Heavy Metal party every night with all our Templar friends!"

joe perry AEROSMITH GUITARIST JOE PERRY REPORTEDLY SUFFERS HEART ATTACK DURING HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES GIG
"Thanks to everyone asking about our brother Joe Perry," Alice Cooper wrote. "He is stable right now, with family and is under the best care."

onslaught ONSLAUGHT, BEHOLDER AND ANIHILATED TOUR PROMISES TO BE A TOUR DE FORCE
"By the time we hit the road in November it will be well over two-and-a-half years since we did the last run and we feel the time is now right..."

arw ARW (JON ANDERSON, TREVOR RABIN AND RICK WAKEMAN) ANNOUNCE BAND FOR UPCOMING WORLD TOUR
"I have played with arguably the three greatest bass players ever and I can't wait to play with one of them again!"

marillion MARILLION UNVEIL 'THE NEW KINGS' FROM FORTHCOMING STUDIO ALBUM 'FEAR'
'The New Kings' can also be heard on Marillion's current tour which starts on Monday 11th July in Barcelona...

michael des barres AN AMERICAN WRITER ASKS WHY IT TAKES A BRITISH EX-PAT TO ASK, "WHAT'S GOING ON?" MICHAEL DES BARRES HAS THE ANSWER
This incendiary cover of Marvin Gaye's classic confronts America's issues in an incredibly timely and head-on manner...

freedom call FREEDOM CALL RELEASE A NEW METAL HYMN 'HAMMER OF THE GODS', AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD NOW
The trademark bold vocal harmonies remain. The track is taken from forthcoming opus 'Master Of Light'...

guns n roses STEVEN ADLER JOINS GUNS N' ROSES ON STAGE IN OHIO: FOUR FIFTHS OF 'APPETITE' LINE-UP PLAY TOGETHER FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1990
"On the drums, you might know this guy. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr Steven Adler..."

ac dc AC/DC BASSIST CLIFF WILLIAMS TO RETIRE AFTER ROCK OR BUST WORLD TOUR: "IT'S BEEN SURREAL"
"AC/DC has been... you know, just... I don't know what else I would wanna do. I love the music and I love playing in the band, and I'm all filled up..."

guns n roses GUNS N' ROSES USE THEIR ILLUSION TO SILENCE THE DOUBTERS WITH US TOUR GOING SO FINE
Axl is clearly in his element on this tour, running across the stage to jump on the monitors mid-song and displaying all the panache of a man completely on top of his game...

stray del bromham STRAY TO ROAM AROUND THE UK ON TOUR INCLUDING A RARE REUNION OF THE ORIGINAL LINE-UP
No need to move a mountain as both Stray and Del Bromham's Blues Devils are on their way to a venue near you...

amorettes THE AMORETTES ANNOY THE NEIGHBOURS WITH RAUCOUS NEW SINGLE
'Let The Neighbours Call The Cops' was co- written by vocalist Gill Montgomery and Black Star Riders front man Ricky Warwick...

eagles of death metal WAS BREAKING NEWS: EAGLES OF DEATH METAL WANT YOU SO BAD ON TWO UK DATES IN AUGUST
This is EODM's first visit to the UK since the band were caught up in the terrible events at The Bataclan Theatre in Paris back in November 2015...

soil SOiL 'SHINE ON' THE UK WITH COMPREHENSIVE TOUR
"We are looking forward to seeing some new places and making some new friends this time around..."

acid reign ACID REIGN GET IN FESTIVE MOOD EARLY WITH SPECIAL GIG ANNOUNCEMENT
'Tis the season to Thrash as Acid Reign team up with Shrapnel with far from obnoxious results...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN: LEGACY OF THE BEAST MOBILE RPG GAME IS OUT NOW
"We've always wanted to make a quality Maiden mobile game as we think the combination of Eddie and the music is so well suited..."

rick parfitt status quo EXCLUSIVE: STATUS QUO'S RICK PARFITT SEEMS TO BE 'FINE FINE FINE' AS HE IS SPOTTED OUT AND ABOUT
Following the recent health scare a picture has emerged online of him taking a walk in Kingston over the weekend...

bullet for my valentine BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE TO PLAY 'THE POISON' IN FULL FOR THE FIRST EVER TIME
"We promised you something special right? See 'The Poison' played in full for the first time in Manchester! Tickets on sale now here..."

alter bridge WAS BREAKING NEWS: ALTER BRIDGE TO HEADLINE ARENAS ACROSS EUROPE THIS WINTER WITH GOJIRA AND VOLBEAT
This will be their biggest headline tour yet with twenty-four dates across fifteen countries, kicking off on November 4th 2016

the mission WAS BREAKING NEWS: BAUHAUS FRONTMAN PETER MURPHY TO GUEST WITH THE MISSION ON THEIR 30th ANNIVERSARY UK TOUR
"Peter's appearance will help make these shows the special events that we always wanted and hoped they'd be..."

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN ILLUSTRATOR DESIGNS SHIRT FOR ONE DIRECTION'S ZAYN MALIK, MAIDEN LAUNCH THIRD TROOPER BEER AND HI-ON-MAIDEN TO HEADLINE PICCSTOCK
A full-bodied beer using a blend of chocolate and crystal malts to give "a roasted malt and caramel backbone with hints of liquorice and honey"...

bruce dickinson BRUCE DICKINSON TO TAKE PART IN TOP GEAR STYLE CHARITY ROAD TRIP
"The enthusiasm from the group is amazing which will lend itself to making it an unforgettable trip..."

anvil WAS BREAKING NEWS: ANVIL ANNOUNCE UK AND EUROPEAN TOUR FOR OCTOBER/NOVEMBER
Anvil will not only be playing dates in Scotland and Wales but also English towns which rarely see major international artists, such as Huddersfield, Doncaster and Grimsby.

status quo IT'S TIME TO GET 'DOWN DOWN' TO BUTLINS AS SECOND STATUS QUO FAN CLUB CONVENTION IS ANNOUNCED
The weekend will feature live music from ex-Quo drummer John Coghlan and his band with long time friend of the band, Jackie Lynton also scheduled to appear...

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