Band: Anti Clock Tower
Band Website: www.anticlocktower.com
Label: Independent Release (2018)
Rating: Adventurous and Varied, Heavy Yes, But So Much More
I have been getting a lot of instrumental Progressive Rock albums these days. This is one of the ones that stood out. The band is called Anti Clock Tower and they’re from Frankfurt, Germany. The album is called Tic Toc Turmoil and if I might borrow from their promo material, the music is created as an online collaboration composed and produced by guitarist Max Fuchs in Frankfurt am Main and completed by Federico 'Freddy' Spera's roaring Bass tones in Liverpool. A wild mix of different sounds, heavy guitars, sizzling synths and a few soothing passages come together into a proggy package. They go on to list their immediate influences being bands such as Dream Theater, Haken, Rush, Pantera, Opeth, Primus and so on. What we get for our money is a vinyl-sized thirty-seven minute musical adventure consisting of nine instrumental compositions, the longest being the opening “Giant Shrimps” [7:26] and the shortest “Edges and Corners Part 2” [2:03] and the rest obviously all in between. You know at first glance when you read their list of band inspirations, you might think this is going to be a real heavy sounding set of tunes and yet that’s not really the case. Now you know how much I tend to avoid the many Prog Metal bands out there and yet I think the music ofAnti Clock Tower manages to avoid many of the Prog Metal clichés and while their music clearly demonstrates their ability to make some heavy-sounding prog, there’s a lot of air or space here and there that allows the music to breathe. The crunchy guitar and thundering bass are placed nicely into a musical stew of many other sounds, including the pounding bass drums, keyboards and saxophones and yet there’s still something I find quite refreshing, especially when they show off their softer side like on “Astral Pastures” [4:31]. That’s very cool stuff! There’s a lot going on musically as with all instrumental albums instrument notes and performance fill the void usually taken up by the vocals or lyrics. Tic Toc Turmoil is an album I really got into and enjoyed as each song was quite different from the other, so guess what? I’m gonna’ recommend it, especially if you enjoy guitar fronted heavy prog.