Thursday, June 14, 2012
Violin-cello-drum Judgement Day has evolved a sound to rival Metallica. But the Bay Area instrumental outfit’s third full-length album, Polar Shift – hitting the streets on July 31 – is a return to basics for brothers Anton (violin) and Lewis (cello) Patzner and Jon Bush (drums). While heavy distortion and effects fueled their previous records, the new LP, for the most part, moves in a more acoustic direction. Anton refers to the upcoming release as “something that’s new and fresh.”
“On the other albums, the distortion makes everything sound like guitars, and on this one you could distinctly hear the violin and cello parts,” he says. “We challenged ourselves to see if we could make an album where violin, cello and drums can play together as they sound and really rock.”
From the opening track, “Ghost Hunt,” a blistering convergence of percussion and strings racing up Mussorgsky’s “Bald Mountain,” to the heart-racing cover of “Altair” (theme from the video game Assassin’s Creed), an adventure in bipolar rhythms and theatrical orchestration that closes the album on a satisfying note, the threesome achieves the heavy rock-and-roll momentum of its previous work, and they didn’t need that large arsenal of effects pedals.
Anton worries Polar Shift may lose many of Judgement Day’s diehard metal fans, but others will be hooked after the album’s first tune.
The allusive, multi-layered synth six-piece V.I.S opens along with genre-leaping, multi-instrumentalist Michael Glines, who will be celebrating the release of his solo debut Let Yourself.
JUDGEMENT DAY, MICHAEL GLINES and V.I.S. perform at 8pm Friday, June 15, at East Village, 498 Washington St., Monterey. $10. 373-5601.