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Released: 2001, InsideOut Music America
Calling themselves "Cutting edge hard rock" Event have exploded out of the Berklee College of Music with a sound that is hard to describe. If I must put them in one category it would have to be progressive music. There is nothing particularly heavy about Event but they most definitely have a different outlook on the creation of music. Event’s debut CD was called "Electric Skies" and was recorded in 1997 and was released in Japan, Europe and South America in 1998. They began recoding their latest release HUMAN CONDITION in late 1999 and was released early in 2001. Guitarist Shaun Michaud not only provides the band with a six stringer but also handles songwriting , engineering and producing duties. Shaun is also the second guitar player and keyboardist for the current Fates Warning tour as well as a guitar instructor at Berklee. The drum position is filled by Matt Scurfield who also beats the skins on the latest Reign of Terror cd SACRED GROUND. Bassist Jay Rigney also appears on the Reign of Terror CD. The lineup is rounded out by Dave Deluco on vocals.
First things first. Even though a couple of the guys have been involved with Joe Stump’s Reign of Terror, Event does not resemble them at all!! Like the press releases say, they call themselves cutting edge hard rock and that is what they are. At times I almost think I am listening to one of the 70s prog bands but that fades and I find it hard to find any label for these guys. Opening track "Drug of Choice" contains lots of little twangy guitars and background noise. "Blind" has a groovy riff and Michaud plays a very tasteful solo. The title track is a funky piece of work that is possibly the best track on the CD.
One thing is for sure. There is no way that Event will be mistaken for a metal band. They just don’t have it in the heaviness department. That is not, however, what they are trying to do. Event stays firmly rooted in the rock/prog rock realm while creating some music that truly is not meant for the mainstream. The production is sparse and the musicians have to stand or fall by their own performances. With this talented group of guys Event have no problem in that department.
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