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ARTIST: 24 Unity
ALBUM: 24 Unity
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2000


LINEUP: Roy V - vocals * Mmo - guitars * Mark Rogers - bass * Ivan Allan - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Ad Astra: Light * 02 Ad Astra Life * 03 Ad Astra Purpose * 04 Shining * 05 Simmer * 06 Paranoid? * 07 Moments * 08 Water * 09 Drone *10 Room * 11 Unity * 12 Sight * 13 Tomorrow

Here's a melodic rock outfit from British Columbia Canada, who have obviously heard a few classic rock albums in their time. That's no bad thing for sure, considering this site zeroes in on bands who play in that 'zone'. When you look at their bios, names like Led Zeppelin, Yes and Dream Theater are sprinkled among the words. And that's a good summation of where this band are at: combining classic bands with a progressive edge. Toss in a little Rush for seasoning, and there you have it. In 'Mmo' (or Mike Olekshy as he's better known, and also a member of the band Crashing Angels), they have a guitarist who can play any style regardless of era. To my ears, I hear Alex Lifeson and Doug Aldrich - a couple of versatile players if ever there were two.

The Songs
Leading in with the 4 minute instrumental 'Light' which is a throwback (or tribute, depending which way you look at it) to Rush. Things really get smoking on the super-charged 'Purpose' - check out those guitars! The retro feel is evident on 'Shining' with some interesting guitar lines from Olekshy. The light and jangly chorus is a 'change-up' ball, considering the heaviness of the riff-happy verses. You want heavy? Listen to 'Paranoid?' (no, not that 'Paranoid'). The blues burner 'Moments' does indeed have its moments, with overamped vocals by Roy, and the power guitar kicking in with the stomp of a foot-pedal or two. There are some cool effects to be heard on 'Water' though the overall effect is detuned grunge type guitar work, which still sounds melodic though. Both the tracks 'Room' and 'Sight' are commercial sounding hard rock pieces, not unlike White Lion actually. My favourite track would have to be the riff-fest that is 'Unity' - reminding me of Doug Aldrich's work in all the bands he's played with. They tail off with the track 'Tomorrow' which unfortunately goes nowhere - not even a whimper..

In Summary
Despite that last track, this is a superb album. The band are still in operation, though they are on the lookout for a new drummer. A new album is due out soon (circa Feb 2002), and if it follows the same path as this one, then we're in for a treat - so long as that guitar sound of Olekshy is at the forefront. 24 Unity are definitely a band who know how to combine two distinct eras of musical influence into their sound - with maximum impact.

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