This power trio has famous roots, and they've brought it all together masterfully. First cut "The Sun Road" starts off like a tune off of David Gilmour
's first solo album and then vanishes into a driving, power-chorded surge of soulful rock. Next, "Dark Corners" is a massive rocker that pulls you under its powerful whirlpool of guitar/bass/drum frenzy. Stevens
tortures the guitar into absolute submission without any predictable riffs. Levin
looms everywhere, and Bozzio
flows in a polyrhythmic jungle. Fine interactive tension and execution everywhere. This goes way beyond King Crimson
's Red days.
"Duende" opens with flamenco guitar firebursts, and slowly builds into a decent Spanish-flavored piece. Not my favorite, but well done. The title cut, "Black Light Syndrome," is obviously a play on "Bozzio Levin Stevens." It is a slower-paced dirge and filled to the brim with a variety of well-executed riffs, basslines, and drum tech.
"Falling in Circles" is an early Floydscape dotted with Ronnie Montrose
leads, a ballad of driving determination and resolve. Floods of Satriani, Wishbone Ash
, Alvin Lee
, Fripp, Buck Dharma
, and even that Duane Allman
"Book of Hours" took me right back to Wheels of Fire's "Pressed Rat and Warthog," rainy-day dreamy afternoons with a fresh pot of designer coffee. Levin
, and Stevens
play off of one another precisely as one mind.
On the last cut, "Chaos/Control," you hear that "E7 breakdown" from Hendrix's "Midnight" on War Heroes, and then a jazzy boogie in classic Frank Marino
style is laid down. Stevens
is a guitarist with a wide range of dynamics.