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Ritual Factory

by MCM

Hard Metal Fusion from Alex Masi, John Macaluso and Randy Coven
Genre: Metal/Punk: Instrumental Metal
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1. Ritual Factory
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2. The Whole Life
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3. Sadhu's Jewel
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4. Ghost In My House
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5. Dream Of Little Ground Fire
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6. Brozo
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7. Dead Monkey Road
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8. Black Market
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9. Ray-Gun
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10. Landings
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MCM is Alex Masi on guitars, Randy Coven on bass, and John Macaluso on drums - three musicians from different musical and geographical backgrounds who felt like trying expanding a horizon or two. After meeting playing a few hastily rehearsed gigs and clinics in Mexico, the trio got down to the business of recording an hour's worth of music that could do justice to what happened on those stages in Mexico City. The process that followed was more intuitive than rational - one idea from one of the three set off a chain reaction of ideas from the other two at different turns - and the whole operation was made even more "abstract" by the fact that the bass and drums were recorded 3000 miles away from where the guitars were going to be recorded and nobody really knew what to expect from what the others were doing. it was almost like playing on a "psychic" level. The result is Ritual Factory - 11 numbers that span from progressive rock to experimental jazz, from funk fusion to Indian rhythms and phrasing - with the addition of "Black Market", a Weather Report classic that MCM jammed on the stages of their first tour and was wildly received.


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alessandro monti (diplodisc)

a vision of the future...
Nothing sounds like MCM: in this production tour de force Masi, Coven & Macaluso lead you through an amazing journey where jazz, rock, raga, drum ‘n’ bass & tape-collage are explored in their extremes forming an imaginary sonic landscape. The open structures of the tracks and the mastery of the players always create new possibilities from the trio format. No classification needed: a brave rave into the future. Recommended.

Department of Virtuosity (Poland)

MCM - Ritual Factory
All started from guitar clinics in Mexico city where three virtuosos joined their instrumental forces and brought MCM to life a bit later. These extremely gifted artists are: Alex Masi (guitar, loops; Dark Lord, Condition Red, Union Radio), Randy Coven (bass guitar; Steve Vai, TNT, Ark, Yngwie Malmsteen, Leslie West, Brian Setzer) and John Macaluso (drums; TNT, Yngwie Malmsteen, Riot, Ark, Holy Mother, Union Radio).

A thing distinguishing "Ritual Factory" over many average albums is that every instrumentalist can be considered the hero of the album, and the choice belongs to listeners. Undoubtedly, it's an ingenious mixture of progression, jazz/fusion rhythmical solutions and tribal tones. The trio showed how to join a high-level genres with African ethnic music. Their stuff is based on dynamic, impetuous and progressive riffs, bass insane improvisation and daredevil guitar solos. I am absolutely sure that all minds of the trio must have been progged and fusioned before producing such a release! Even Weather Report's "Black Market" perfectly fits this musical landscape. "Ritual Factory" can make us think of a continuous improvisation or jam session. Some similar endeavours are sometimes boring, but it doesn't concern this album! There are many instrumental combinations, and they go hand in hand with accessible melodies.

"Ritual Factory" offers us the music settled close the nature. It is a blend of precision and spirituality. They made an effort to bring two distant styles closer, and I must admit they did it with a great success! They are master instrumentalists for whom the music has no boundaries. Even if it had, they would surely break them all, haha!

Arturo (PL)

Exceptional masterpiece by MCM
What can I say?This is a simply jewel in the crown of ambitious and progressive music!If you don't have it already - shame on you...