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My level of excitement concerning all things Ghost elevated when I heard they were releasing an EP of covers. That’s all I needed to know to make the day-of-release purchase. Though I am overall pretty happy with the output, if there is one thing wrong about the If You Have Ghost EP; it’s unfortunately short. Yes, it meets the criteria of an EP, but to me that just means “a few songs” to feast on. The problem is that two of the five songs are ones we heard already. First, as much as I enjoyed Infestissumam, I thought Secular Haze was one of, if not, the weakest songs on the album. So, throwing a live version of it on an EP was nothing but filler even though it was a decent recording. Then, to add salt to the wound they including I Am A Marionette…another one already included on the Infestissumam deluxe edition.
It’s happened again. I played this album through a couple of times. The first time, I put my brain in neutral gear and let the total effect of the music tell me what it was about. The second time was a more critical listening to identify the interplay and the nuances of the various instruments. The seven or eight subsequent complete play-throughs, however, have been motivated by sheer greed. I can’t get enough of this album. It keeps getting better.
Who should listen to Keystone outside the community of jazz-rock fusionists? Bertoni’s eclectic compositions should appeal to followers of avant-garde and symphonically inspired prog metal, symphonic prog rock and Rock Progressivo Italiano.
Bertoni is a king of the keyboards. The music he writes is understandably keyboard-based. Metal fans are usually more interested in supremely good guitar work, which abounds on this album. If you like the jazzy hard/fusion rock of guitarists such as Craig Chaquico, Steve Morse, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai or the late Kevin Peek, you’ll be in for treat with Bertoni and his band.
The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be The Heart is the lengthy title of Sepultura’s 13th studio album. They have added yet, another new band member to the mix – drummer Eloy Casagrande who was able to add to the actual writing and recording process. The album was also produced by Ross Robinson who previously produced the very tribal-sounding Roots album; one that I am very fond of. So, before I even had a chance to listen to the album I had a couple of reasons to be optimistic that Sepultura would be fresh and brutal as they continue to churn out albums.