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Acid Test

by Cosmosquad

Fuses the dark, heavy, and moody with brutal force. This trio uses dynamics and melodic phrases, mixed with disturbing sonic overtones, creating a beautiful chaos.
Genre: Rock: Hard Rock
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COSMOSQUAD – Acid Test

Third strike is deadly! Los Angeles, CA metallic fusioneers COSMOSQUAD are back after a lengthy absence with what is possibly their heaviest disc yet, ‘Acid Test.’ Co-produced by drummer Shane Gaalaas (B'z, DIESEL MACHINE, GLENN HUGHES) and guitarist Jeff Kollman (GLENN HUGHES, MOGG/WAY, $IGN OF 4) at Crumb West Studios in Simi Valley, CA between February and April, ‘Acid Test’ marks the group's first studio effort since 2001's highly acclaimed 'Squadrophenia.’

"I'm really stoked to have this new record coming out - it's been way too long!" enthuses Gaalaas. "It seems that everything came together very naturally and it was a lot of fun to collaborate with Jeff again. I think we take the listener on quite the journey throughout 'Acid Test.' Epic songs with lots of movement, heaviness, some greasiness, and an amazing ballad from Kollman that really sets him apart from other guitar players. The playing is certainly elevated a notch but we still retain the classic 'Squad vibe - the stuff that made us famous so to speak!"

Missing from the latest COSMOSQUAD endeavor is long-time bassist Barry Sparks (TED NUGENT, MSG, ULI ROTH) who played on the band's first three records. "We tried our best to get Barry to put down some tracks for 'Acid Test' but with him living out of town and being the road warrior that he is we just couldn't line it up scheduling-wise this time", explains Gaalaas. "But, we'd been doing live gigs with a revolving cast of bass players anyway so once we started recording we spread the tunes around and everybody came through with some great playing. So it all worked out well in the end."

Sharing bass duties on 'Acid Test' are Jeff Kollman's old EDWIN DARE band mate Kevin Chown (ARTENSION, TONY MacALPINE, MAGNITUDE 9), Christopher Maloney (Z, $IGN OF 4, HARDLINE), and Paul Shihadeh (SCOTT HENDERSON, SCOTT KINSEY); keyboards are supplied by Ed Roth (IMPELLITTERI, GLENN HUGHES, FATES WARNING) who plays on five cuts, and noted composer Jono Brown, co-author with Kollman on the Garmin GSP Superbowl 2007 commercial.

'Acid Test' was released May 28 in North America via Marmaduke and June 6 in Japan on Zain/Big M.F..


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Perry


Another winner here with 'Acid Test' ! One of my favorite Rock-fusion or instrumental rock (whatever you would rather call it) bands along with 'Steve Morse Band' is back with a darker, heavier and aggressive cd than in the past. Unfortunately, gone are the Salsa passages in odd meters but there are even more cutting edge riffs than in the past.
There are 3 'guest' bassists replacing 'Barry Sparks' on about 6 songs. Drummer 'Shane Gaalaas' kills every song and does some serious blowing on a few songs.....i've said it before and i'll say it again, 'Shane' is a monster drummer and should be recognized much more. (Check out his solo cd's). The cd was mixed and co-produced by him as well, very good job !
If you like the 3 other cd's , you'll love this one as well, this band has never dropped a weak record !
Buy it ! :)

Susan Hayes

Acid Test
I love this CD. I have been playing it since. Jeff
Kollman again rocks. Awesome Guitarist! This is the best Cosmosquad yet. If you like bands like Planet-X or Gordian Knot you will love this one. You will be playing over and over and over....

David

Very engaging.
I like this album a lot. It's very diverse and covers a lot of ground in the prog/fusion corner. Obviously it also features incredible and inspiring playing by all artists. If I had to name a weakness it's that some passages sometimes fall into a sort of rambling jam-vibe. Sometimes I'm in the mood for that, sometimes I'd prefer a more concise compositional approach, especially on songs that are otherwise very slick and to the point. I certainly highly recommend it, it's the best album I have of this genre, second only to Rafael Moreira's "Acid Guitar" (also available here) that is. Funny coincidence on the titles.