Band: Dave Kerzner
CD Title: Static
Label: Independent Release (2017)
Rating: Modern Melodic Prog Awesomeness
This is the highly anticipated second album from Dave Kerzner. Entitled Static it is a self-proclaimed “progressive rock opera” dealing with the clutter and chaos of modern life. Wow, I don’t even know where to start with this great release. These fourteen compositions bristle with everything we love about modern melodic prog bands, especially those who incorporate more than a little symphonic embellishments. This is music that will instantly appeal to fans of bands like Spock’s Beard, Lonely Robot and Frost*. The disc is a full seventy-four minutes of music created with fourteen different compositions of varying lengths including a sixteen minute closing epic. I have to say one of the things that captured my attention were a few songs like the title track “Static” [5:18] where Kerzner sings stylistically and tonally like Ray Wilson did on Genesis’ Calling All Stations. Man, I could listen to these songs all day. In fact aside from those bands listed above, this album has a lot in common with that Genesis album although it’s more complex. Because of that I think this album would have even broader appeal. Regardless of the length of the song, it might be four minutes or it might be eight, Kerzner puts a lot into each one, some changing and shifting more than others but all full of melodies and subtly repeating musical themes. The musical change-ups take the form of contrasting song segments and shuffling layers of instrument arrangements. For me this goes into my favorites pile. I’m going to go on record and say Static is some modern melodic prog awesomeness. Highly Recommended.