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Deep Rising: Arrives

Bringing a grunge edge to progressive rock might not seem an obvious path to take, however that's exactly what Deep Rising do with the album "Arrives". Singer and guitarist Nick Kerzner has an Eddie Vedder tinge to his vocals which also illicit Andy Cairns from Therapy? from time to time, making for a convincing mixture of raw aggression and melodic sheen. That too describes the music of Deep Rising very well, with everything from Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains to Kings X and Rush being brought to mind to create an album that sits comfortably between rock and prog. Not as quirky as the likes of Kings X, nor as progressive as Rush songs like the excellent "Led Balloon" and "Idol" have way too many intricacies and twisting turns to be considered straight rock. Impressively they also avoid being considered prog-lite, as the riffs are chunky enough to ram home the Deep Rising message. However the slower moments on the album aren't always quite so convincing, with "Seasons Melt Away" failing to really get into gear. For the majority though Kerzner and Glenn Burgess combine to make a mean guitar duo who prefer to bring a rugged solidity, rather than blinding solos or over the top histrionics. This allows the songs to breathe and mature with repeated listens, with the solid drum and bass work from Peter Smith and Rick Spahn respectively adding to the strong nature of the songs. "Arrives" is an impressive and interesting slice of prog and metal (not prog-metal) that delivers a subtle message in a forceful manner.

Added: October 17th 2010
Reviewer: Steven Reid
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