Friday, December 27, 2013

DouBt - Mercy, Pity, Peace and Love (MoonJune, 2012)

DouBt is a band that combines jazz fusion and progressive rock in a well designed combination. The band consists of Alex Maguire on keyboards, Michel Delville on guitar and sampling and Tony Bianco on drums and sequencer. They have an interesting mix music along the lines of King Crimson and the Mahavishnu Orchestra. The album opens in an interesting fashion as the band samples political diatribe about wealth inequity on "There Is a War Going On" with the music meshing with the oratory. They revisit the theme later, with a short instrumental snippet. The group blasts through Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze" very nicely, giving Delville a fine opportunity to display his chops. There are a couple of lengthy tracks, like the title track "Mercy, Pity, Peace and Love" and the finale "Goodbye My Fellow Soldier" build slowly and patiently to really powerful conclusions which brought to mind the epic performance "Starless" by King Crimson. The liner notes say that Mercy, Pity, Peace and Love is a concept album deriving its inspiration as much from William Blake’s visionary poetry and engravings, and you can see that in the work. Moving from calm nearly hypnotic musical fantasies to slashing and hard hitting complex rock and roll, the band presents a wide dynamic range of music that keeps the music consistently interesting. Mercy, Pity, Peace & Love -

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