Many of you know that back in the late 1980's and early 1990's, I was working extensively with a band called "Believer." My friend, Kurt Bachman, was a student of mine in 1987-88 during my first year of teaching and we became great friends and musical collaborators following his graduation from high school. Our last record, Dimensions was critically acclaimed and we had a great run. We all went our separate musical and personal directions after Dimensions had run its course and life went on. Of course we have all remained friends and stayed close over the years.
Now, Believer is back together and is releasing a new record on March 17. The new record is really cool. It includes a great deal very progressive stuff and isn't for the faint-hearted. I play on a couple of tracks (really just a cameo appearance) but I really think my old friends have done a great job with this one.
It is progressive thrash metal and, if you aren't used to that type of thing, it might catch you off guard. But, listen with an open mind. The rhythms are intricate. The production is magnificent. The technical achievements of the record are simply groundbreaking. This record will challenge you rhythmically, musically, lyrically, and intellectually. Are you ready?
Here is a solid review.
Look for it everywhere on March 17, 2009 on Metal Blade Records. I-tunes, Amazon, etc, etc. You'll be able to find it. Give it a listen and let me know what you think.
Checkout Believer's Myspace Page for some samples of their music. There are 2 tunes from the new record posted there. Right now, a song from the 1993 release, Dimensions, is also posted and I play at that end of that one.
I am proud of the boys in Believer. They have done a great job and I am so proud to be associated with them. I love all that they stand for. I hope you enjoy it!!