Maximum Indifference - s/t. 1996 USA

For the debut Maximum Indifference provides us, in effect, an instrumental version of early 80s Rush. Take out the pop elements and vocals, and focus on Rush's tremendous technical music acumen, and you'll have a good idea what this guitar based trio (with synthesizers) sounds like. For whatever reason, you're likely to read this to be a jazz fusion album. This is an album based in rock, not jazz. These are rock guys, putting out an instrumental tech metal album - without the metal of course. And given this musical outlook, post rock is a good secondary genre for the band. In the 70s and 80's we'd have called this symphonic fusion, a genre tag that has gone extinct I'm afraid. And it's one of my favorite genres. If you do stumble on one of those sub $5 copies, be sure to nab it. Overall an excellent album, and one I have no intention of parting with. It has aged very well, and I purchased mine not long after release date.

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CD: 1996 Botched

Last listen: 2015

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