Johnny Newman: 'More Than Ever'

Johnny Newman

More Than Ever

Local composer and prog-rock mastermind Johnny Newman may have outdone himself when he hired metal veterans Yanic Bercier and Steve DiGiorgio to perform on his new album, More Than Ever. Drummer Bercier and bassist DiGiorgio are top-notch hired guns with decades of professional experience (DiGiorgio has played with Death, Testament, and Iced Earth), and their rhythm-section performances here are as good as could be expected. The trouble is that their instrumental chops outstrip Newman’s Dream Theater- and Trans Siberian Orchestra-influenced compositions, his melodramatic synth riffs, and his classically inspired guitar riffs. Newman is capable, but he is caged by a dated symphonic art-rock sensibility that often values chops and pomp over human-scale emotion and craft.

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Comments » 1

littlemisslollyk writes:

Sorry Metropulse, I think you gave Newman the short end of the stick. Did you even listen to the album? What about the track, Damages, with Ksenia Berestovskaya? And calling it "dated"...nooooo. I really think for a first album, this one has got its perks and has something for everyone; its hard enough for some metalheads, but is still accessible. He's not geared to any specific listeners. His music is simply beautiful, and I honestly can't wait to see what Newman comes up with next.

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