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Sir Cadian Rhythm

Sir Cadian Rhythm

Review by Gary Hill

The quickest description of this would be “alternative rock.” It definitely covers a lot of ground within that title. From funk to jazz and even some modern progressive rock, there is quite a bit going on here. It’s all quite strong, too.

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Track by Track Review
Flood of XIV
This is a powerhouse alternative rock tune. It’s modern, but has some definite classic elements at play, too. It’s energized and just plain catchy. There are definitely times (particularly the instrumental section) where this reaches toward modern progressive rock.
Holly’s on Fire
Some backwards tracking opens this. After that introduction we’re brought into a rather funky jam. Horns add a lot to the mix. This is jazzy and still set in alternative rock. The vocal phrasing is great. As good as the opener was, this is even better. I really love the guitar solo on this thing, too. It’s one part classic jazz and one part Jimi Hendrix. In some ways this song makes me think of Santana, too.
Ouroboros
In some ways this is the most mainstream rocker to this point of the set. On the other hand, it gets pretty hard rocking in almost extreme ways. This could qualify at times as modern metal. Yet, it also drops to very mellow moments. Somehow I pick up a Living Colour vibe on a lot of this piece.
Run around Town
Catchy and fun, this is great alternative rock It has a lot of energy and some infectious hooks, both musical and lyrical
Villian Fear
This mellower cut has some real jazz elements at play. It is still set in the same alternative rock turned pop rock style, but the general texture of the guitar chordings feels jazzy. Some horns are added to the mix, too, bringing that idea to even more prominence. It’s another classy cut on a disc that’s got nothing but classy tunes.

 

 
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