James Labrie – “Impermanent Resonance”

James Labrie – “Impermanent Resonance” (InsideOut Music)

Wow, you can almost feel the energy comin’ outta this one! James Labrie is, of course, famed for being the vocalist for Dream Theatre, although his solo material certainly seems more hard hitting with screamo vocals, punchy drums and heavy-ish riffs mixed in with some amazingly cool neo prog melodies and contrasting vocal harmonies. Conceived together with LaBrie’s songwriting partner Matt Guillory, who handled all of the keyboard recordings as well as background vocals, “Impermanent Resonance” also features the talents of bassist Ray Riendeau (Halford, Machines of Loving Grace) and drummer extraordinaire Peter Wildoer (Darkane, Old Man’s Child, Pestilence and Arch Enemy). Together, this talented unit push out the musical envelope on songs like ‘Lost In The Fire’, ‘Destined To Burn’ and ‘Say You’re Still Mine’ that skillfully mix technical power, grace and catchiness in an identity of their own, reflecting LaBrie’s combined talents to date in one masterful album.

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