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Jesters Of Destiny - The Sorrows That Refuse to Drown

Jesters Of Destiny
The Sorrows That Refuse to Drown
by Stew Metallion Taylor at 09 August 2017, 11:37 AM

JESTERS OF DESTINY are one of the quirkiest bands you’ll ever hear. A mixture of Metal, Psych Rock, New Wave and Jazzy soloing.  From LA, California, the band formed in 1984. The band released their debut album, “Fun at the Funeral”, in 1986, and an EP, “In a Nostalgic Mood”, in 1987; before breaking up in 1988. The band reformed in 2014 and their new album “The Sorrows That Refuse to Drown” is now released after a near thirty-year break.

So, after years of various bands, producing and engineering projects, the two main song writers Bruce Duff and Ray Violet got back together. Why now? Bruce explains: “Ray and I were recording new material independently at home, and we sent each other some things and said, ‘these seem like songs the Jesters would do.’ So we started making more, and getting more people involved, and all of a sudden—it was anything but sudden, actually—it seemed like we were making a JESTERS OF DESTINY album.” “Ray and I were recording new material independently at home, and we sent each other some things and said, ‘these seem like songs the Jesters would do,’” says Bruce. “So we started making more, and getting more people involved, and all of a sudden—it was anything but sudden, actually—it seemed like we were making a Jesters of Destiny album.”

What does a JESTERS OF DESTINY album sound like? First off, this album just surprises you and no song is a standard composition. They all go in a Rock direction but are guaranteed to veer off in a jazzy or wacky fusion of sounds before getting back on board with the song in general. You could say the songs are full of character. These guys like it that way and they are probably too old to change now. This, in fact, makes for a cool brew of sounds.

Although there are bits of New Wave and general craziness included, the tracks are definitely Rock and Metal in places. Opening track “Fire In The Six Feet Hole” is Classic Rock that you can dance to. A mixture of the THE TUBES, the B52’s and the bands own style. This could be a hit given the chance. “Flesh Parade” is a great track and strays towards IAN HUNTER territory to my ears. These first two tracks are great Rock songs. After this, the songs get real quirky. “Chalk Outline” starts off like a heavy CHEAP TRICK before breaking down into a sort of Jazz section. “Unknown Artist” kicks in with a Doomy riff like SABBATH with great lyrics but near the end just morphs into a psychedelic wig out. “'Til the Following Night” begins with cheesy horror movie effects and develops into something that could have been on the soundtrack for the ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’. “Peace, Blood and Charlie Cocaine” is a bass driven Rock song before going into a full drum solo and keyboard diversion and blends into “Another Six Feet Deep”.

The Final track “Happy Ending” is a ballad bidding the listener farewell and thanks for listening to the bands eccentric concoction of tunes. JESTERS OF DESTINY are not for changing and why should they. They cook up a fine stew of sounds.


Songwriting: 8
Originality: 8
Memorability: 8
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Fire in the Six Foot Hole
2. The Flesh Parade
3. Ladies of Runyon Canyon
4. My Card, Sir
5. Chalk Outline
6. Unknown Artist
7. The Misunderstood
8. 'Til the Following Night
9. Sunset Boulevard
10. Peace, Blood and Charlie Cocaine
11. Another Fire Six Feet Deep
12. Happy Ending
Lineup:
Bruce Duff - Vocals/Bass
Dave Kuzma - Drums
Michael Montano - Guitars
Ray Violet - Keyboards, Guitars
Record Label: Ektro Records
     


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Edited 03 October 2022
 

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