Guitarist Marcelo Paganini recently released a brand new studio album titled "Identity Crisis." It features loads of guests, including Billy Sherwood (YES/Asia) and Adam Holzman (Steve Wilson Band) and only includes six tracks, but each track is its own epic journey. The album begins with the eight-minute rock, jazz, funk fusion of "Bacteria," as the music seems to go off the rails at times, but comes right back home to finish the song with an electrifying jam session. Paganini and his band dive back into the progressive rock sound of the seventies with "Circus Is Empty," while the short, pop-rock approach of "Soul Much Further Away" just floats on by. The album finishes with the gentle ballad "Tangerine Way," which features some stellar guitar from Marcelo Paganini, along with with a return to the jazzy jam breaks of "Captain's Face." To find out more about Marcelo Paganini and his latest release "Identity Crisis," please visit marcelopaganini.bandcamp.com.
Also recently released is the latest studio effort from drummer extraordinaire Mark Murdock. He invites guitarist Fernando Perdomo and drummer Ronald Howden to lend a hand on some tracks, while Tim Pepper handles all the lead vocals. Murdock's new album titled "The Phoenix Has Risen" features twelve tracks, beginning with the epic, progressive rock sound of the title track. The musicianship and singing on "Heal My Wounded Soul" sounds as if it came from the early, experimental days of Genesis, while "Compromised" has a funky bassline and drumbeat to give Murdock's music another dimension. Then Mark Murdock and his band dive right back into the progressive rock tones of "The Starfish And The Four Phases Of The Moon," before simplifying his sound with the quiet sound of "Silence On Empty Streets." The album closes with the nostalgic rock appeal of "The Unknown Man" and addictive modern contemporary sound of "In The Future Of." To find out more about Mark Murdock and his latest release "The Phoenix Has Risen," please visit facebook.com/Mark-Murdock-Prog.