Review by Gary Hill
Rexartrefkin is a trio from Florida and Rex 1 is their four song debut. While, it may only contain four songs, the disc still weighs in at almost twenty-five minutes in length. Songs of that duration beg comparisons to the progressive rock of the 1970s, and certainly it doesn’t end there. The complex arrangements and intense musicianship also bear references to such bands as Yes, Rush and King Crimson.
The sound here is more modern, though. It doesn’t shy away from the classic and progressive rock roots, but it stretches further into modern hard rock, as well. In fact, it seems obvious that these guys try hard to steer clear of any kind of rules or conventions or formats. The disc is one that gets better with repeated listening, but most complex music is that way.
While at times, Rexartrefkin’s reach seems to exceed their grasp, this CD shows them to be extremely talented musicians. It’s far better for a band to try something that they can’t easily do, than to just play it safe and do the mainstream thing because it’s easy. While this release is not perfect, it shows a lot of promise. It will be interesting to see what this group comes up with next. They’ve got the chops and the spirit of adventure and musical exploration. The mad skills necessary to fulfill their vision will likely come with more experience.