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Cobweb Strange

Sounds From The Gathering

Review by G. W. Hill

Cobweb Strange (Wade Summerlin, Derek Rinehart and Keith Rinehart) dish out an intriguingly dark album with solid helpings of both metal and prog styles. For ordering info, email the band atcobwebstrange@hotmail.com . Tell them that you read about it here.

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Track by Track Review
Taste of Ash
Featuring metallic structures with an off kilter sort of feel, this cut showcases some nice riffs and a general twisted prog texture at times. The vein is similar to Darkest of the Hillside Thickets and very early Alice Cooper.
Sometimes the Shine Just Fades Away
Considerably progish, offbeat and dark, this feels a bit like older rock (ala Cream) with wonderfully twisted psychedelic textures. This is a killer cut. "I feel the night consume me now, So smooth and soft, I`m lost inside".
I'd Give Everything
Another very quirky composition, at times this one feels like the mellower side of old Rush, with an almost alternative bent. "I`d give everything I have, To see the light that floods your senses, And overpowers everything you feel."
Thirteen
This hard-edged ballad also shows some elements of prog and early Rush (especially the drum work). The chorus is a solid hard rocking hook, and the song features a quirky almost bent instrumental break that seems to imply a metallic Crimson sound.
The Color Of
A good slow, dark rock number with Doorsish psychedelic guitar sounds, this one features considerably effective bass work. There was an obscure band in the early `80`s called Belfegore who seemed to combine a dark almost Goth sound equally with metal and punk tendencies. This song really seems to call to mind that band.
...And the Sky Crumbles
This high energy Sabbathesque metal cut seems to really rip out.
Solitude and the Hollow Promise
A slow and quite moody intro builds into a prog metal arrangement, with the emphasis on the prog.
A Cup To Catch The Silence
A ticking clock and beautiful acoustic guitar combine with the gentle sound of a thunderstorm to begin this composition. The number continues in this manner after the vocals enter. "Outside, the clouds shift constantly, As if not sure what to say, They flow, and they break, And they slip away, But they never look back on today." The vocals end, the guitar fades away and the storm continues by itself for a time. A new section of the number emerges as effects laden textures takes the fore in a moody progish instrumental segment. Eventually, this also passes and the storm ends the piece.
 
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