Megacone – Fondle Fantasy

Irish Metal 2 The Masses semi-finalists Megacone have released their debut EP, titled Fondle Fantasy. Like many bands who play instrumental music, particularly fusion, Megacone enjoys putting forth plenty to listen to. There’s a lot to ingest and process here: a lot of time swings, a lot of tempo changes, a lot of ideas, andIrish Metal 2 The Masses semi-finalists Megacone have released their debut EP, titled Fondle Fantasy. Like many bands who play instrumental music, particularly fusion, Megacone enjoys putting forth plenty to listen to. There’s a lot to ingest and process here: a lot of time swings, a lot of tempo changes, a lot of ideas, and a heck of a lot of notes. Some of the progressions and ideas are really interesting, and the impressive “chops” displayed by these guys show a lot of investment in time learning and perfecting their instruments. For as much flack as heavy metal guitarists take for playing too fast too often, progressive rock fusion players are often just as guilty. As a genre, progressive fusion becomes an escape hatch of sorts at times for the guitarist who wants to play fast, but without the ‘metal’ stigma. Like the best restaurant in town, it becomes an insider secret: casually and carefully concealed shreddery offered for those in-the-know. Nicely mixed and balanced, Fondle Fantasy is pleasant and amusing to hear. In a pure listening situation, with three guitarists, it’s impossible to pick out who’s playing what lead line and who’s carrying harmony at any given point. Contributions […]

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