For me, this release took time to sink in because there is so much going on. Not just shredding but dynamics and melody that gives your brain a workout. Then it clicked - holy crap this is an incredible collaboration of sonic nirvana! Every song on "Culture Clash" is killer and has its own personality. Whether rock, fusion, techno, rockabilly, or prog-metal, these tunes are clever and well thought out with arrangements to die for. The disc clocks in just over 57 minutes, all instrumental, and each band mate wrote three songs. You can get lost in these songs and shouldn't focus too long on one instrument because the sum is better than its parts.
The Aristocrats is a jazz-fusion instrumental rock supergroup consisting of guitarist Guthrie Govan (Asia, Steven Wilson), bassist Bryan Beller (Dethklok, Steve Vai), and drummer Marco Minnemann (Steve Wilson, Joe Satriani). The group’s upcoming CD/DVD, Culture Clash Live!, will officially be released on January 20th, showcasing performances in six different locations during the band’s recent 100+ show World Tour. The special edition sets will include a Secret Show: Live In Osaka double-disc. Check out Alternative Nation’s review of The Aristocrats’ Culture Clash Live! CD/DVD below.
The genre of this CD is quite hard to pinpoint. It’s blues, it’s classical, and at the same time, new-agey. and trippy, Moby-ish. The beauty of this is that all these genres culminate in what can be described as pure ear candy. Stand out tracks include “Slow and Easy”, a remix of an old John Lee Hooker classic. The remix surprisingly does JLH’s deep, sorrowful voice justice, which is accented by blues guitar and cello. JLH also lends his vocals to the following track, “Sonnet XVIII”, which concludes the blues journey Sacred Spirit have created. It is interesting to hear the classical music interwoven through each track, as apparently these musicians are playing entirely from the heart, blending so gracefully with the blues instruments and vocals. “Lay Down” is another fine example of how well blues and classical music mesh together. Sacred Spirit: Culture Clash is for all music fans who are open to new and old sounds, and for those that appreciate the Blues played in a different style.