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CD REVIEW: Pollock  - The Moonlight Show

by: Cyrus Rhodes


"Hot new release from Pollock"






Artist: Pollock

CD: The Moonlight Show

Label: Independent Artist

Website: http://pollock.bandcamp.com/album/the-moonlight-show

Genre: Progressive Rock, Alternative Rock, Ambient Rock

Sounds Like: Queensryche, 3 Doors Down, Tool, Incubus.

Technical Grade: 10/10

Production/Musicianship Grade: 9/10
Commercial Value: 8/10
Overall Talent Level: 10/10
Songwriting Skills: 8/10
Performance Skill: 9/10
Best Songs: Devil, A New Machine, Ipsos

Weakness: A few winded songs. 




Buffalo based 4 piece band Pollock just released their latest effort The Moonlight Show (2013). Band members include Joshua Klein - guitar/vocals / Brian Platter- guitar / Lindsay Leyland- Bass / Mike Quigley - Drums / Aaron Chiz - Synths.

The CD kicks things off with Track 1 “Devil” a methodical and dynamic prelude of sorts that’s serves up melodic guitar driven textures, panted against dynamic musical flow and impressive syncopated culmination. This piece leads you head first into Track 2 “A New Machine” serves up rock steady rock anthem that dishes out impressive musical theatrics painted against melodic vocals and thought provoking lyrical content. Track 3 shifts gears a bit with “Elder Crow” a dynamic piece with heartfelt vocal delivery, and aggressive distorted guitar attack that flows and ebbs its way though to emotional fruition. As the CD quickly unfolds I can hear influences ranging from Queensryche, 3 Doors Down, Tool and even Incubus. The music has everything you would expect from a dynamic Alternative/Progressive Rock CD, but also touches straight up Ambient/Hard Rock that’s quite dynamic and melodic. The style of the music is highly original and refuses to be pinned down the first listen. The vocals from Klein are impressive, compelling and push the emotional envelope and imagination. The guitar ambience is very melodic and dynamic and the musical flow and ebb is highly creative and exotic dishing out much in the way of impressive time signature curve balls throughout. I especially love the double bass action from Chiz and some of the blistering solos. The overall vocal style works extremely well with the confines of this progressive and dynamic rock catalogue and the intensity and emotions is off the charts - my hats of to Klein. Rhythm section - lays down the low end groove thick as a brick. What I like most about Pollock is their sheer unpredictability note for note and song for song. By track 4 the CD hits solid stride dishing out many impressive songs in a row. Like a heavy weight boxer the impressive chops and amazing songs keep coming at you one after the other - with no sign of letting up. From mystic "Saudade" to melodic "Scarlet" to striking "Element" to rocking "8MM" to dynamic "Valentine" this CD has something for just about everyone. CD ends with Track 10 "Ipsos" the perfect finale statement for a CD like this.

All songs over 4 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. Some of the material from Pollock sounds like more like Tool more than Tool. 

The Moonlight Show is a hot new release from Pollock. the whole album is an impressive and extremely  consistent musical statement from start to finish. Its strength – the strong song for song consistency, progressive dynamics and exotic, strong melodic structure that keep you guessing. The music is progressive, unpredictable, heavy and highly original. Like a heavy weight fighter this CD packs a powerful yet unpredictable punch, and goes the full 12 rounds with no sign of letting up. Need I Say more – it’s vintage Pollock   

Cyrus Rhodes