Adventures in the Stratospheerius
Review by Gary Hill
Released under the name of Joe Deninzon, this album is by the same group who also record under the band name Stratospheerius. That group is composed of Deninzon, Scott Chasolen, Grisha Alexiev, Rufus Philpot, DJ Big Wiz, and guitarist Alex Skolnick (Attention Deficit, Testament). With this disc they have shown that they can combine quite disparate styles to produce a sound that is all theirs. The group's music includes elements of progressive, fusion, jam rock, and even down-home hoedown Southern rock. While that combination sounds pretty odd on paper, it really makes for an exciting album and a great listening experience. While some may argue that this is not prog, I have included it in the progressive rock section because much of the sound has prog overtones that, at times.
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