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Exovex - 2015 Radio Silence



ARTIST: Exovex
ALBUM: Radio Silence
LABEL: Self Released
SERIAL: -
YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Dale Simmons - vocals, all instruments * Gavin Harrison - drums * Richard Barbieri - keyboards, synthesizers * Josh Freese - drums * Keith Carlock - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Stolen Wings * 02 Metamorph * 03 Seeker's Prayer * 04 The Last Orbit * 05 Dead Reckoning * 06 Daylight (The Silent Key)

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WEBLINKS: www.dalesimmons.com


Background
South Carolina's Dale Simmons is the man behind Exovex (pronounced X of X, as in mathematical formula), and he's hauled in some big name players to assist on his 'Radio Silence' EP. Names like Gavin Harrison, Richard Barberi will be familiar to Porcupine Tree fans, while Josh Freese has spent time with Devo, Nine Inch Nails, and Keith Carlock's drumwork is known to followers of Steely Dan and more recently Toto. It might be called an EP, but 'Radio Silence' is 43 minutes covering 6 songs, 3 of which are well over the 8 minute mark. It may initially be construed as a prog album, but Simmons denies this in recent interviews, describing it as a bunch of music that he'd like to listen to, regardless of genre. Despite that, there's still a heap of influence from Pink Floyd, David Gilmour, Steven Wilson, Porcupine Tree and Peter Gabriel.


The Songs
'Stolen Wings' is a big 9 minute opener, with melody and ambience in abundance. Acoustic guitars are prevalent for the first part, creating a lush backdrop, cut through by stronger instrumentation further into the song, around about the 7 minute mark. 'Metamorph' is a gentler reprieve, a mild-mannered affair until about the 3 minute mark where some crushing guitar work kicks in, turning this into a brief space rock spectacular. 'Seeker's Prayer' is full of Pink Floyd's flanger guitar style, and it gets a bit rowdy through the middle, with rock vocals and searing guitar work to boot. 'The Last Orbit' is a pleasant excursion. Modern, melodic with a good transition between mild and heavy parts. The heaviness is retained on the superb 'Dead Reckoning', this borders on metal, with no pretensions of prog anywhere to be seen. Finishing off with 'Daylight (Silent Key)', this is another Pink Floyd inspired musical palette, though lyrically it could be Rush circa their 'Hemispheres' era.


In Summary
The album message sounds like a case of sitting on a Psychotherapists couch. I don't usually go for albums where terms such as despair, isolation, demise and deterioration are used to describe the overall concept. You'll have to listen to it yourself to draw your own conclusions, as well as read some of the online interviews undertaken with Simmons. It sounds a bit too deep to me, anyways.. Simmons is a busy bloke who has other releases in the can, so take some time out and explore what he has to offer. Fans of the aforementioned artists should need no further introduction.


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