|The excellent new CD by US band Izz
Format: CD / Cat No: DR10-669563 / Released: 25/06/2012
Track Listing: 1. You've Got A Time (4:09) / 2. Words and Miracles (7:18) / 3. Solid Ground (6:02) / 4. Half the Way (6:07) / 5. This Reality (13:32) / 6. The Crush of Night (13:18) / 7. Almost Over (4:19)
More information: Crush of Night serves as Part 2 of a 3-part series of thematic albums that began with The Darkened Room (TDR) in 2009. Featuring a guest appearance by Gary Green of Gentle Giant on Words and Miracles (Electric guitar, Guitar solos and backing vocals) and The Crush of Night (guitar solo), IZZ brings their characteristic sense of melody to the fore on this album, while at the same time fusing high reaching emotion with the driving impact that IZZ fans have come to identify with the band.
From the opening vocal melody of You’ve Got a Time, to the guitar-driven Words and Miracles featuring the distinctive guitar sound of Gary Green, to the stirring emotion of Half the Way, culminating with the impressive 26 minute suite that shares its name with the album title, Crush of Night passionately delivers on all fronts by creating a sound that is uniquely IZZ.
The 26-minute suite, Crush of Night, is divided into two tracks, This Reality and The Crush of Night. Serving as the musical, lyrical and emotional centerpiece for the album, this piece brings together the struggle that surrounds one's search for meaning. The
Crush of Night suite runs a musical panorama, weaving melodic and rhythmic themes with innovative and fresh diversity.