Genre: Alternative Rock, Hard Rock, Progressive Metal

Sounds Like: Rishloo, Peach, Isis, Opeth, Deftones, Gojira, and Porcupine Tree

The Good Brilliant Performances, Rock Solid Feel, Good Playing, Solid Musicianship

The Bad: Nothing to report

The Ugly: Nothing to report

The Band: 5 out of 5

The Music: 5 out of 5

The Songs: 5 out of 5

The Vibe: 5 out of 5

The Production: 5 out of 5

The Verdict: 5 out of 5




The Review: While many feel the music industry is in disarray right now it's always a breath of fresh air to hear a new and exciting band that's not afraid to let it all hang out and take chances with their music. With their latest musical offering: New York area 5 piece unit Pollock, it’s clear to me they have surpassed what I could consider the a-typical musical release from a band in 2013. From the beginning notes of Track 1: “Devil” through” to Track 12 ‘”Lpsos” this band BLEW ME AWAY. Hailing from Buffalo NY, Pollock is an ambient metal/hard rock band with intense rhythms and unique time signatures. The vocals consisting of elements from poetry, the occult, and mythology make a blend of melodies that envelope the listener. Their music is accompanied by their performance which is used to represent the idea of bringing an art form to life. Pollock is in itself a progressive musical anthem and delivers 12 mind blowing tracks that will keep you mesmerized with mysterious messages, and music that is adrenalined. It also possesses a vibe that is unmistakably 90’s retro feel. ”. Awash in a sea of cerebral percussion and emotional swells, Pollock continues to bring the heavy and huge sound that has become the band's trademark. The ever changing mood of the songs is enhanced by layers of strings and percussion; a unique sound that is simultaneously dark, uplifting, heavy, and like a dream. Pollock combines many impressive musical styles like vintage Hard Rock, retro Rock of the 70’s and even Progressive Fusion- Rock to traditional tricky Metal. Now that’s a pretty whacked out yet impressive list. A few tracks even expand the possibilities of a radio hit in the making. What’s more: the musicianship of the band: Joshua Klein - guitar/vocals / Brian Platter- guitar / Lindsay Leyland- Bass / Mike Quigley - Drums / Aaron Chiz – Synths will blow you away. If you like off time signatures trust me this is your band. The music of Pollock will also remind you of Rishloo, Peach, Isis, Opeth, Deftones, Gojira, and Porcupine Tree. The production value is also top notch and the vocal front of Klein goes beyond traditional pigeonholing by any music critic. Klein delivers a gifted vocal ability as he glides with precision through all pieces with amazing harmonies and a captivating vocal timber. Pollock goes beyond just good playing and world class progressive songwriting. Lyrics are also an important factor for me when listening to a band or artist. In this aspect I found them quite impressive as well as they paint you an impressive visual between the spoken word and mind numbing messages. Pollock personify the wild life experience. 


The Bottom Line It’s safe to say much of today’s music is made up entirely of these yawning ambient beats and thin superficial vocals. Some of these intangibles reflect the cheezy artists themselves. All of it is built of a house of cards that is the quintessential modern day persona. None of this applies to Pollock because what you see/hear is what you get. No smoke and mirrors. “The Moonlight Show" is an amazing CD from an red hot British band that is as real and genuine as the life they lead and the music they play. 

C.C. Ryder edited by Markus Druery

Indieshark Music Critic





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