Krishna Peri’s “Cyclotron” is an instrumental story about the adventures of a humanoid scientist, “Dr Quark“, who ends up on a planet named “Nabiru” after a freak experiment, with every single track being arranged to reflect different scenarios in his journey.
It’s a good concept and well executed by Peri. Fans of the likes of Joe Satriani are going to get a lot out of this release as each track has plenty of fast-fingered fret bashing and sounds similar in tone to Satriani.
It’s completely instrumental (save for a few short sound clips) and each song manages to have a different feel, which is Peli’s intention as he wants the EP to tell a story.
I enjoyed the use of duelling guitars, with good use of stereo to emphasise the duelling feel in Critical Mass. It’s production elements like that that suggest there has been a lot of thought and work put into this project. Krishna Peri has been playing as part of cover bands for the past 6 years, so this project comes from a place of desire to create rather than imitate and knowing that actually made the experience more enjoyable. It’s a concept album but also a passion project.
The tempo drops for tracks 3 and 4, which still offers plenty of noodling but the driving rock of the other three tracks is more enjoyable.
Overall, it’s a solid set of songs with plenty of shifts in tone and style so it doesn’t get tiresome.