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Appice Perdomo Project

Energy Overload

Review by Gary Hill

The two people who are named in the artist name here are frequently reviewed at Music Street Journal Carmine Appice is a living legend. Fernando Perdomo is perhaps not as well known, but he's been covered so many times at MSJ. They are joined by a couple of guests. Durga McBroom provides some backing vocals on one song (this album is essentially an instrumental set, though). Derek Sherinian handles keyboards on a couple numbers. While musically this isn't a slam-dunk under prog, the musicians here often play prog, so I've included this under that heading based largely on that connection. Whatever you call this, it's a potent set.

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Track by Track Review
Blow Speaker Boogie
The fuzz driven sound on the guitar as this gets underway is classic. This drives out with a cool Southern rocking sound that has elements of ZZ Top merging with The Allman Brothers and more on it. There are some hints of driving fusion on this. I dig the false ending followed by reprise a lot.
Funky Jackson
Now, this comes in with a bit more of a proggy angle. It's still quite a rocking number. It has some killer riffing and really drives with a lot of energy. There is plenty of fusion at the heart of this. As you might guess from the title it brings the funk, too.
Energy Overload
Hard rocking sound, retro textures and proggy edges merge on this high energy tune.
Flower Child
This has more of a guitar hero, ala Joe Satriani, vibe to it. It's not all that proggy, but it really rocks.
Rocket To The Sun
I'm picking up some vibes here that make me think of David Gilmour's first solo album. This is an energetic and powerful instrumental piece. It has some proggy elements among the arrangement.
Pure Ecstasy
While this has plenty of mainstream hard rock, and again calls to mind The Allman Brothers to some degree, there is a definite fusion edge to this piece.
The Triumph
There are some soaring vibes here. The song is a hard rocker with some hints of proggy concepts.
Maybe I’m Amazed
Here we get an instrumental cover of the Paul McCartney classic. There are some chorale styled vocals on this in a backing, non-lyrical capacity. This is quite a satisfying version of the song.
Little Havana, Big Havana
Now, this has plenty of fusion and prog in the mix, while also landing in the zone of mainstream rocker. This thing is set positively on fire later on.
Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?
Yes, this is a cover of the Rod Stewart hit. They bring some reggae to it, along with plenty of hard rocking textures. This is another smoking hot instrumental tune.
This is a driving powerhouse that has plenty of prog and fusion in the mix.
A melodic harder rocker, this is classy stuff. It definitely has elements of space rock in the mix.
This is just a brief jam that feels a little loose-knit.



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