At War With Self - Circadian Rhythm Disorder
An instrumental prog rock (plus metal and jazz influences) album based on a rather odd concept. Drummer Marco Minnemann recorded a 50+ minute drum track (supposedly all in one take), then multi-instrumentalist Glenn Snelwar subsequently composed and played music to go along with it. Although it started as a near-hour-long drum solo, it is divided into a number of segments (some of which only last a minute or two), each with a distinct mood/theme (yet they also somehow manage to flow seamlessly one into the next). Snelwar layers electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, bass, keyboards, and even occasional flute and violin over Minnemann's polyrhythmic drum grooves.
This one gets a big thumbs up!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGGRsd6wiU8
(opening "track", one of the more metal-ish ones)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLzDYlvtTFw
(gettin' a little jazzy)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BeZrRCNw40
(one of the quieter sections)
A little background on the musicians, if you're unfamiliar with them: Minnemann may be best known as "that guy who was the runner-up to replace Mike Portnoy in Dream Theater"; he's played with Satriani, Paul Gilbert, prog/fusion band The Aristocrats, and many other projects. Snelwar is a relative unknown (even compared to Minnemann
); At War With Self (which has released 4 albums to date) is his band/project, and he also appeared on the first Gordian Knot album.
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