Doug Michael & The Outer Darkness | Outpost

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by Doug Michael & The Outer Darkness

Instrumental Rock - Joe Satriani meets Nine Inch Nails in a Progressive Stew.
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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1. Outpost
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2. Deprivation
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3. Jungle Baby
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4. Cover Up
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5. Muzzle
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6. Ghoul
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7. Scorpion
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Album Notes
Imagine Satriani/Vai and Holdsworth/Torn styled guitar rock combined with cool electronic beats and atmospherics and you get something like the music on Outpost... Oh man, this guitar feels good!....
- Jerry Kranitz, Aural Innovations

Doug Michael fuses elements of fusion and space rock music on a musical canvas containing large splashes of space that allow his fluid guitar to express haunting emotions with a style that combines melody and texture into a unique whole. The music here is engaging even when it's forbidding you to follow. . . but follow you must.
- Bryan Baker, Gajoob Magazine’s DiY Report

It's almost a genre to itself. Best played late night or early morning.
- Brian Boyer, College Radio Music Review

Doug's lead guitar will make you soar, reaching for the "outerspace" that any true artist aspires to.
- Rotcod Zzaj, Improvijazzation Nation


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Jerry Kranitz

Oh man, this guitar feels good!
Imagine Satriani/Vai and Holdsworth/Torn styled guitar rock combined with cool electronic beats and atmospherics and you get something like the music on Outpost.

The title track opens the disc with a driving beat, good rockin' guitar licks that carry the tune, and a dark, eerie keyboard background. Somewhat along the Satriani/Vai/Johnson axis, but instead of blowing the listener away with pyrotechnics Michael creates themes and atmosphere to go along with the flash. But Michael can shred too as evidenced on tracks like "Deprivation" and "Scorpion". These tunes are strong on electronics and percussion. On "Deprivation", dark electronic beats, bleeps, and other sounds are led by high-pitched singing guitar licks. Michael's guitar style here and on "Scorpion" reminds me a bit of the late Phillip "Snakefinger" Lithman.

"Jungle Baby" is another tune with fiery electro-percussion beats and screaming stretched out guitar licks. "Cover Up" starts as an ambient soundscape piece, but soon develops into something that reminds me of Midge Ure era Ultravox, but with a crunchier heavy rock feel. "Muzzle" is a flash-rockin' tune along the Holdsworth/Torn axis, and with more symphonic prog rock styled keyboards. And "Ghoul" has, as the title suggests, an aura of the macabre surrounding it along with gorgeous wailing space guitar licks that are backed by deep heavy keyboards and organ. Oh man, this guitar feels good! My favorite track.

Reviewed by Jerry Kranitz
Aural Innovations #13