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Various Artists - New World Man - a tribute to RUSH

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Reviewer:
Ola Gränshagen Format: Album
Year: 2010
Label: Magna Carta
Genre: Rock
Producer: Peter Morticelli, Mike Varney
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One of the hardest things you can sign up to do in music is a tribute to Canadian mega trio RUSH. The Magna Carta progressive rock label has released two such tributes before ("Working Man", MA-9010-2 released in 1996 and "Subdivisions") and this "New world Man" release. It should be pointed out that this "New World Man" CD is a compilation of the two previous ones, with the addition of newly recorded tracks. I can't say I am a fan of this kind of "squeezing out the money" from die hard fans - it would have been better with a whole new release with never-before released versions only. Still, this is a high class cover album!



Anyway, among the new recordings there is "Fore Ten" with - once again - Robert Berry (3, ALLIANCE) on lead vocals and keyboards, as well as new additions Juan Alderete (MARS VOLTA) on bass and Chris Pennie (COHEED AND CAMBRIA) on drums, among others. Overall, the artists and producers seem to have chosen a slightly rougher sound than on the original RUSH albums. It can take some time to get used to, like in the previously mentioned song. Same goes for the opener "New World Man", with the same guys playing. Maybe this rough edge has been chosen due to the modern music climate? It would be interesting to know, actually...



All in all we get cool versions of songs like "Jacob's Ladder", "The Trees", "Subdivisions" and "Mission". But coolest of them all: the jazzy progressive version of "Tom Sawyer" by the ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO (Alex Skolnick, Nathan Peck and Matt Zebroski). A fine way to end a strong RUSH tribute album. I suppose mainly die-hard fans will buy this kind of product - but I strongly recommend it to all you fans of modern melodioc rock and metal. Some of your favorite artists are here; with participants from bands like SEPULTURA, SKID ROW, TESTAMENT, KORN, DREAM THEATER and DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN (plus the already mentioned ones) you'll find nice moments here.



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