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DOUBT - Mercy, Pity, Peace and Love - CD - MoonJune Records - 2012

Like Machine Mass Trio (whose recording is also covered in this issue), douBt comprises drummer Tony Bianco and guitarist Michel Delville, only this time they teamed up with keyboardist Alex Maguire. And like that outstanding release, Mercy, Pity, Peace and Love is another inventive jazz-rock album, which is characterised by a tuned sense for exploration as well as strong, instrumental storytelling quality.

Early on, the first tracks disclose a prog-rock deconstructed into jazz-rock notion popular in this recording. In a sense, this culminates on the third track - "No More Quarrel with the Devil" which features a certain guitar motif that sounds like a paraphrase on a King Crimson's "21st Century Schizoid Man" as well as playful keyboards - and specifically organ sounds - that echo other progressive rock textures.

But surprise surprise! Come the fourth track - "Rising Upon Clouds" - and things tend more towards free jazz, with cascading key strokes and ethereal sonic setting by the guitar and the drums.

Without going into extra details and ruining the other treats that douBt has in store, we do care to mention the hard rocking and somewhat trippy cover of Hendrix's "Purple Haze," the classic, melodic appeal of the congenial "The Invitation," the spooky, somber feeling that is at the heart of the title track; and last but not least, the inspiring and thoughtful way in which the closing "Goodbye My Fellow Soldier" builds from a theme which sounds quite like King Crimson's "Exiles" (can it be that we're just too much of Crimson fanatics so we hear Crimson in everything?) onto slightly static yet rumbling ambience inspired by 70s Electronica.

Without doubt, this album reflects a rare, borderless taste for emotive music. (8/10)

 

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ISSUE 75
ALBUM REVIEWS

(B-D)  (D-G)  (G-H)  (I-M)  (M-S)  (S-T)  (U-Y)

DEMOGORGON
Where is He...?

DOUBT
Mercy, Pity, Pe

EMPTY DAYS
Empty Days

FIVE-STOREY ENS...
Not That City

FORLORN CHAMBER...
Unborn and Holl

FROM BENEATH BI...
Monolith

GARDARIKA
Chthonica

GIGAN
Multi-Dimension

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