Springing wildly out of Charlottesville, Virginia is CORSAIR, a rich-layered Progressive Rock group which is sure enough to turn some heads with their guitar work alone. It is hard to accurately describe something which, instead of drawing conclusions that the band feels inspired by the likes of Prog-Rock tyrants such as MASTODON, feels like perhaps its influences draw from it instead. A strange statement to make as well, however, I’ll stick to it. With “Ghosts of Proxima Centauri”, CORSAIR has built quite a memorable experience.
Now, as I said – CORSAIR somewhat feels like some lost work of MASTODON. In this regard, you’ll be experiencing some excellent riffs, solo work, and overall musical mastery that I rarely have the pleasure of experiencing. In this I also sense the heavy use of an octave pedal, which gives “Ghosts of Proxima Centauri” a layered feeling without sacrificing much, if any, substance. More classical distortion is used on “Ghosts of Proxima Centrauri” as well and with surprising effect – I don’t think I’ve really even experienced much old-style distortion that didn’t sacrifice much tone at all. Needless to say, CORSAIR knows what they are doing and do it so well that I hate to say it (though I had earlier on) but I feel that perhaps they exceed comparisons to other bands. Thus, this album makes me feel oddly like MASTODON is a washed up clone. No offence to the greats they are but it seems like perhaps CORSAIR may be capable of toppling their reign.
CORSAIR also carries a nature theme, evident by tracks such as "Wolfrider" and "Orca" which are both highly impressive tracks on this album. Vocals, both male and female, carry on stories but they are only the icing on what is already such a fantastic piece. I find myself captivated by the long gathering arrangements merely appreciating the lyrical content – not wishing for more but realizing that the music on its own is enough to carry the emotion and feeling contained in “Ghosts of Proxima Centrauri”.
If you are looking for a much needed change in Progressive Rock territory, you’ll receive it with CORSAIR’s offering. Something like this should not be looked over.
1. Wolfrider 2. Warrior Woman 3. Burnish the Blades 4. Centurion 5. Orca 6. Eyes of the Gods
Paul Sebring – Guitar / Vocals Marie Landragin - Guitar / Vocals Jordan Brunk - Bass Aaron Lipscombe - Drums