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CD REVIEW: Atom Strange - The Lost Cosmonauts

by: Cyrus Rhodes

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Artist/Band: Atom Strange

Album: The Lost Cosmonauts
Label: Independent Artist

Website: http://www.atomstrange.com/

Genre: Progressive Rock, Alternative Rock, Hard Rock
Sounds Like: Queesryche, Alive in Chains, Blue October, Dashboard Confessionals

Technical Grade: 9/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Commercial Value: 8/10
Overall Talent Level: 8/10
Songwriting Skills: 7/10
Performance Skill: 8/10
Best Songs: Space Man, Tragedy, Synestheziac, The End

Weakness: More dazzling solo segments, Winded Songs, More Vocal Harmonies

 

CD REVIEW: 

 

The Lost Cosmonauts is ATOM STRANGE's 3rd release. A concept album loosely based on a science fiction story written by Alex Rude. It chronicles the the life of a cold war Soviet cosmonaut that goes missing in space during an attempt to land on the moon just weeks before the Apollo 11 launch in 1969. 50 years later, he comes back not having aged or being able to remember what transpired during his time away from earth and with new found abilities he is only beginning to understand and control. Is he still the same man? Or is he much more? CD was released in 2013. Band consist of Vocals-Rick Dunn, Drums- Vinnie LaRocca, Guitars- Alex Rude.

 

The CD kicks things off methodically with a cool into piece “Kosmos” that leads you directly into Track 2 “Space Man” a melodic yet hard hitting follow-up piece that serves up driving rock rhythm against aggressive guitar segments, and captivating melodic vocals from Dunn that flow and ebbs its way through emotional fruition. Track 3 “Looking Glass (Childhoods End)” keeps it rocking with impressive guitar ambience coupled with dynamic vocal segments and harmonies that twist and turn making for an impressive follow up statement. Track 3 “Wake Up” serves up yet another passionate, full tilt groove, with impressive feel against heart felt vocal delivery and thought provoking lyrical content. I especially like the polarizing feel of this piece offering a grand slam chorus against more chilled up verses leading up to the chorus. Aloe present are well placed vocal reinforcements and sonic harmonies from these two. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical textures reminiscent of classic Queesryche, Alice in Chains, Blue October, Dashboard Confessionals, with perhaps a dash of 5 Finger Death Punch, Fear Factory and Paramore. Fans of all things modern rock/hard melodic/progressive rock will thoroughly enjoy this CD. As the CD slowly unfolds you will notice most of the songs are very dynamic, passionate and full of musical peak and valley. All in all this CD has some truly impressive moments on it showcasing impressive writing and lyrical content, with impressive musicianship to boot. The impressive trio are not easy to pigeonhole. Dunn's passionate baritone works well within this catalogue as he holds the melody line extremely well. All songs are consistent musical experiences, and packed to the hilt with everything you would expect from a world class Hard-Progressive Rock release. Vocals from Dunn deliver everything you would expect from a singer within this style of music. CD Possesses crystal clear high end clarity and thick low end frequency.  It’s definitely a fully loaded CD from start to finish with some amazing chops, thought provoking lyrical content, and rich melodic vocal layering and extended progressive movements. All songs are sung from a deeply honest perspective that is 100% pure and genuine. From heartfelt “Neverwas” and “I’m Alive” to full tilt “Believe in Nothing” to striking “Synestheziac”  this CD has someth8ing for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 12 ”Reach Out” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.

 

I don’t really care for the band name – but oh well. I’m not really blown away by the solo guitar segments. All songs over 4 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. I wish I heard more in the way of vocal harmonies throughout the CD. Some aspects of the CD sound a bit winded and somewhat repetitive.

 

The Lost Cosmonaut by Atom Strange is an impressive musical production from start to finish. The music is clean but heavy, but goes down smooth, with passionate messages that are sung from a deeply honest perspective. Like the aforementioned fans that like the hard hitting modern progressive rock sound will love this CD. Its strong suit – the solid melodic consistency from Vocals-Rick Dunn, Drums- Vinnie LaRocca, Guitars- Alex Rude I especially like how Dunn carries the melody line on most of the music. There isn’t a weak song anywhere on this entire CD. In the end it proves good Alt Rock is still alive and well in New York.

 

Cyrus Rhodes