Overall Impression: Solo-artist Symphony Triteleia Laxa has released the new single And Back Again. A track for those who listen intently, And Back Again has all of the killer guitar work, intriguing musical textures, and enigmatic lyricism to occupy its own space in the worlds of Hard Rock and Progressive Rock. It immediately makes a strong impression with a jaunty groove that edges on being marcato. The main guitar riff manages to descend toward the depths, yet still be bright and freeing. This balance of opposing qualities is a common feature throughout And Back Again. It rocks as hard as any song can, but then momentarily opens up to show a softer side. Sung by Mark Dean, the man behind Symphony Triteleia Laxa, the vocals are jaggedly edged and fit in perfectly with their musical surroundings. At times they are bursting with power, at others they taunt and slip into the background. All in all, And Back Again is a terrifically captivating Hard Rock listen that displays a wealth of talent and skill from Symphony Triteleia Laxa.
Strongest Point(s): There are many strong points with And Back Again. The melodies and textures immediately grab attention, but are just as interesting after multiple listens. They have character and give this track personality. The production level is also quite high. The instrumental work all sounds fantastic in the mix, and the vocals showcase a unique sound that cuts through.
Target Audience Appeal: Fans of Hard Rock and Prog will dig And Back Again by Symphony Triteleia Laxa.
Artist target suggestions: Ralph Tomaselli, Rush, Dream Theater, Devin Townsend, Guthrie Govan, Porcupine Tree, Alec Berlin, Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, Audioslave Liquid Tension Experiment, Symphony X, Frank Zappa, King Crimson, Tim Sullivan, Coheed and Cambria, Tool
About The Reviewer: Zachary Larson is a professional guitarist in New York City. Getting his start in high school rock bands, he has since toured the world as a classical chamber musician, onboard cruise lines, and with several Broadway musicals. His recorded work spans across Classical, Pop, and Experimental music. His arrangements are published through Clear Note Publications. Classically trained, he holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Denver.