ALLY THE FID­DLE

Vi­o­lin-driven prog metal/fu­sion col­li­sion from Ger­many, with a qual­ity guest list.

Prog - - Intro -

The premise of Ally The Fid­dle is sim­ple: vir­tu­oso vi­o­lin­ist Ally Storch fronts the Ger­man sex­tet for this al­bum of pro­gres­sive metal meets fu­sion. A cou­ple of un­usual twists in­volve the band fea­tur­ing two gui­tarists but es­chew­ing a key­boardist, while also num­ber­ing both Si­mon Tu­mielewicz on bass and Rou­ven Hal­iti on Chap­man Stick. Up is a bumpy lis­ten. In places it’s ex­hil­a­rat­ing, with flashes of in­no­va­tion, such as on in­stru­men­tals The Bass Thing and Aphotic Zone, where Storch’s elec­tric six-string vi­o­lin weaves around the gui­tars of Robert Kla­wonn and Eric Lang­becker. Storch’s own heav­ily ac­cented vo­cals might not be to ev­ery taste – imag­ine a Teu­tonic ver­sion of Re­nais­sance’s An­nie Haslam. That aside, there’s much tal­ent on show and the band cover Joe Sa­tri­ani’s Surf­ing

With The Alien with panache. Nu­mer­ous guest mu­si­cians con­tribute, most promi­nently Aris­to­crats/The Sea Within drum­mer Marco Min­ne­mann, who so­los on The Path, and Storch’s fel­low vi­o­lin­ist, the mighty Jerry Good­man of Ma­hav­ishnu Or­ches­tra, on al­bum high­light Try To Stop Me. Not an un­qual­i­fied suc­cess, then, but Ally The Fid­dle have plenty of po­ten­tial.

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