stone, the creative monster conjured up by matt bonner
and alec smith, is a rarely-glimpsed beast known for
its dark harmonies and thematic mass. it moves its
large, live-band-production feet powerfully and deliberately,
and often carries along a number of vocalists, soloists,
and other guests as passengers on the detailed contours
of its broad back.
it snorts or rumbles, and the last time such a thing
happened out came gauge, a 70-minute epic that
roams vast territory in search of an answer to a question
that may or may not exist. rich with overdriven guitars,
subtle keyboards, volcanic solos, and ethereal female
voices, gauge moves through layers of imagery
guided by the vision and twin vocals of bonner and
smith, the huge rhythm bed of justin cook and andy
wiemeyer, and devastating narration by living-legend
folklorist horace beck. a massive record.
rock originals....consistent throughout gauge
is the in-the-pocket rhythm section of wiemeyer on
bass and cook on drums....the production is clean
and not overdone....a welcome dose of great grooves
and smoking solos."
-seven days newspaper, burlington, vermont
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