Reviewed: January, 2021
Released: 2020, Outsider Music Records
Rob Gravelle is the guitarist for Canadian band Ivory Tower, who last released the album UNITY in 2018, which was reviewed by Metal-Rules. Sometimes in life, we all want a do-over on something. It could be something as simple as the desire to get out the ladder and touch up that one bit of paint in the corner that you accidentally got on the ceiling five years ago. For Gravelle, he was not happy with the sound of the opening song on UNITY titled “Rejected”, so he has remixed and released the song on his own label and under his name. Musicians do this frequently, sometimes being so unhappy with an original mix that they re-record the entire album (Twisted Sister, Testament).
“Rejected” begins with a string/keyboard intro followed by some brief but impressive soling by Gravelle before the main riff kicks in. This riff, which is also harmonized later, is one that recalls the glory days of thrash, when a killer riff could propel an otherwise ordinary song to legend. The solo from Gravelle is speedy and fluid, Yngwie-esque in many ways. There are several sections, and at 7:08 length, there are some twisting paths and turns along the way.
Overall, the song is professionally executed thrash metal with more melody than a band like Onslaught would ever employ. The main purpose is also accomplished, as the new mix is punchier and the guitars are noticeably more prominent, as is the bottom end. If you like this song, then I would recommend checking out the UNITY album from Ivory Knight, which has more variety than you would expect from the thrash of “Rejected.” Now that Gravelle has scratched that itch, hopefully we can look forward to some new material from the band in the not-too-distant future.
Rob Gravelle: guitars, keyboards
John Perinbam: vocals
Stephen Mercer: bass guitar
George Nesrallah: drums