Between 1939 and 1945 more than $2 Billion was spent on the development of something that would forever change the world as it was at that time. While around an estimated 120,000 people were employed in one way or another by the Manhattan Project, it is Robert Oppenheimer that has been credited as the “Father Of The Atomic Bomb”. For Canada born Tanner Revak and his solo endeavor Gladius Sky, the album “Ex-Metallo” has been his Manhattan Project.
The album features Hannes Grossmann, (Pictured Below), who sat in on the album to record the drum tracks. If the name sounds at all familliar, it absolutely should. The ex-Obscura stick wielder is absolutely at the top of his game from start to finish on this ten track behemoth. I can’t say that anything less than perfection was expected from Grossmann‘s caliber of skill but even for him I felt this work was impressive. The track compositions were laid out by Revak but Hannes took the design and delivered kickboxer power with ballerina grace. What you will hear truly is beauty in aggression, and power in structure.
In addition to composing this ten chapter symphonic thriller, Tanner Revak also laid down all of the guitars for the album which as a stand alone accomplishment goes to show the musical ability of such a great mind. The flow and technicality leave me to wonder just how long he sat in what I can only imagine to be an ambiance riddled control room, playing and replaying each note to stretch it to perfection both in sound quality and placement; but the thought is quickly lost in the countless beautifully disturbing moments and I too eventually find myself lost in the music. Revak has somehow found a most masterful means of combining strong and direct riffs with fluid and moving grooves that further compliment this already stellar hybrid of Victorian Balck and Power Groove overtone that I for one have fallen for head over feet.
Tanner Revak has seemingly plucked a bit of insanity from the darkest corner of his mind and, with the help of some expert level musicians and engineers, he has made an audio masterpiece the likes of which rival the beauty and absolute terror of the column of fire that follows the boom of a nuclear explosion. He is now and shall forever be known to That Metal Fan as the father of Gladius Sky.
KEEP IT METAL,
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