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III by Metropolis

British geniuses Metropolis have released an album titled III as an homage to Led Zeppelin and well it is their third album.

The song titles are unconventional but the song remains the same. This trio from Leeds features saxophonist/electronics Petter Frost Fadnes, Mathew Bourne on keyboards and Colin Sutton on bass and Nick Katuszonek on drums. The first few songs are just mish mash, what is this group trying to say?

"Romantic Remedy" gives a chance for saxophonist Petter Frost Fadnes to shine. Some of the notes say that Metropolis is a culmination of metal, disco and tech which is evident here, maybe too evident?

Throughout the album the only things that makes sense are the bass playing of Sutton and the keys of Bourne, simple and straight forward. Having the audio on the talk back between control room and band is a nice touch which leads us into "Fading Fairground". Its starts off fine with Bourne and then gets all technoesque for no real reason?

There is always room for experimentation. Sure it may be conventional to do things in the safe format of 4/4 time but to really stretch out to what Metropolis has done or is trying to say well really doesn’t say anything.

All in all this is not a bad album. Sutton and Bourne are what save it. These guys all have BAs and PhDs, you would think that may have thought this one more through.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Metropolis
  • CD Title: III
  • Genre: Free Jazz / Avante Garde
  • Year Released: 2006
  • Record Label: Independant
  • Tracks: The Limp Llama, The Lonely Chipmunk, Romantic Remedy, Fading Fairground, The Sombre Sombrero, The Taphophobic Turtle, Tonys Minicab Ride to Salvation
  • Musicians: Petter Frost Fadness (sax & electronics), Matthew Bourne (Fender Rhodes), Nick Katuszonek (drums), Colin Sutton (bass)
  • Rating: Three Stars
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