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Upsilon Acrux: Galapagos Momentum

What do you get when you combine elements of Red-era King Crimson, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Henry Cow, Magma, Univers Zero, John Coltrane, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Don Caballero, and Hella? Probably something close to Galapagos Momentum by Upsilon Acrux, a brash four piece band featuring dual guitars, bass, and drums, who play a complex brand of insrumental rock that is part prog, part fusion, part metal, and part post-punk. Sound interesting? It sure is. The 40 minutes of music contained on this CD sizzles from start to finish, ten tracks of complex interplay that is bound to knock you on your ass in awe of these four dudes' knack for telepathic interplay. As they weave their intricate lines and melodies through complex ditties like "Cherry Pie", "Petrovich", and "Who's Running Shit (Son Of Destiny's Child)", you can't help but be impressed with the dexterity of it all, especially the deft guitar work of Paul Lai and Braden Miller. These two have perfectly channeled some warped hybrid of Robert Fripp, Adrien Belew, Fred Frith, and John McLaughlin, and, coupled with the amazing rhythms from drummer Jesse Appelhans and bassist Eric Kiersnowski, turn pieces like "Who's Running Shit (Son Of Destiny's Child)" and "My Brother the Doctor" into what could be long lost tracks from Crimson's Larks Tongues in Aspic album. At times some of the guitar work even sounds like a violin, adding even more to the King Crimson and Mahavishnu Orchestra comparison. All of this insantity is funneled through a punk attitude and sense of aggression, making Galapagos Momentum one hell of an exciting listening experience. Apparently the band has a few releases out, so chances are if you latch on to this one, you'll be quickly seeking out the rest of their discography.

Track Listing
1. Who's Running Shit (Son Of Destiny's Child)
2. Petrovich
3. Expiration Date (Alaska, My Darkness)
4. Boa VS. Crab
5. So Thereby... And Furthermore.. Thus Henceforth...Mono
6. Touched By God (Inappropiately)
7. Cherry Pie
8. Hiking Up Feel Good Mountain (Further Than Ever Before) Who's Running Shit (Son Of Destiny's Child)
9. My Brother the Doctor
10. Intimate Barbarian

Added: June 27th 2007
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Cuneiform Records
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Language: english

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