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    Rope “Widow’s First Dawn” [Family Vineyard]

    I know this is not for everyone, I just cannot
    imagine why. A traditional rock triad at the
    core, a hot molten core. Around that Rope has
    built a whole planet. The first song tiptoes
    like a Star Trek away team, uncertain whether
    they can breathe the air. Detonating delay on
    guitar and on guest vox Graczyna Auguseik’s
    works well. This severs prog rock’s Achilles
    tendon, as instead of having a vibe of “Hey,
    I can play it backwards in 5/11 time” the
    feeling here is that large stretches of these
    songs leapt out in inspiration. Volume pedal
    tension, slashing dischords, & a non-bloated
    Allan Holdsworth ghost are all summoned by
    Przemyslaw Chris Drazebca. Blood and spittle
    vocals are squeezed out of bassist Robert
    Iwomly. Michael Kendrick’s drums are
    cymbal-laden and frantic/dormant as needed.
    This album delivers the hurt and the solace
    all at once.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on February 13, 2005 at 2:58 am
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