(All Album Reviews by ProgNaut)
Brainstorm are a spacerock band from Melbourne, Australia who’s playing borders on progressive rock. The band line up is Steve Bechervaise, keyboards; Craig Carter, guitars & vocals; Vittorio Di Iorio, percussion; Paul Foley, vocals & guitars; Jeff Powerlett, bass & vocals. I had the pleasure of reviewing their second album Earth Zero which was originally released in 1998 but reissued in 2001. The band has been dormant up until now with their new release Desert World. Over the band’s hiatus (if you will) they have grown and it shows on this album.
Basically the music is a nice hybrid of classic symphonic progressive rock mixed in with spacerock. Think Hawkwind in a more symphonic setting. Since their last album, Brainstorm really picked up where some of the bands of the 70's left off thus helping them forge a small yet important place within the genre. Desert World is one of those few albums that has more in common with the so called golden age of progressive rock than say the retro movement. Hopefully more will be exposed to this album and band. I have a feeling that great things are yet to come for Brainstorm. Highly recommended!
Reviewed by Ron Fuchs on March 28th, 2006
Brainstorm are a prog band from down under, and this is their fourth album, in their own words the journey began in 1988. A journey which encountered a visit to several solar systems.
Now for the music, I think that Brainstorm are very serious, when realising their music and the ideas/thoughts are there. But when I listen to their album, I cant help but feeling that somethings missing... I cant pinpoint the exact problem. Maybe it’s the production? I really like their spacey sound and the ideas within the lyrics are just fine.
One thing I do know, I don’t like the lead guitar, is sounds like (and here I’m talking solo guitar)...the lead guitarist needs some enthusiasm or even better, more inspiration. Please excuse me, I’m not trying to bring anyone down. I’m merely trying to review this album. As best I can!
On the other hand, I really like the acoustic guitar on “Unfathomed Darkness” and the underlay of bass and drums are just great. Fine track! “Mutants” grows on you with its rather slow intro and then a powerful midsection, flute and all. Another fine track!
“Paradise lost” has this beautiful intro of flute and acoustic guitar, and a soothing voice, brings the listener right in the middle of the theme, actually I find this very pleasant!
This is my favorite track! “Martian Chronicle” has some very brilliant vocal arrangements, I really like the slow motion of the mid theme and then the ending has some powerful keys.
Title track ”Desert World” ends this album, with some fine vocals and laidback guitars. It’s quite a mesmerizing track. It could have been out of an early Pink Floyd album. And that my friends, are a plus!
So, what’s final verdict? Well, I think that these guys are on the right track! I like their style, but I think they need a new producer. Overall its an ok album! And I like the idea of the space theme or the traveling into space syndrome! So I’m looking forward to their next album!