INFRONT - "Wordless"
(R.A.I.G. 2005, R011)
From Aural Innovations #33 (March 2006)
Infront are a new Russian instrumental rock band who like to boast about their guitars! The guitar playing did not really impress me at all but I really liked some of the grooves the band gets into. The band is based in Moscow and started in 2002. The opening track, "Invisibly Join", is quite a melodic track, as are all of the first ones, and features guitar that sounds like keyboard (or they forgot to mention the guest keyboard player on this track). They also have guests playing trombone and trumpet, synthesizer and flute, as well as a brass section on "Autumn Velvet". The band are all competent players and they have some great melodies but for me the guitar players really let me down a bit. The band really gets going in the mid section of "From Where the Wind Blows", and personally, the bass playing and the drumming on a number of the tracks are very tight and focused. The CD really starts to take off and gain intensity after the first couple of not so cool tracks. "888" is a short but quite interesting track. "RUNNN" is probably the hardest hitting track on the CD. "Chinese Butterfly" is a 12 minute track and closes this CD in quite a mellow manner. If you like melodic instrumental rock that gets a bit jazzy at times, check this one out.
For more information you can visit the INFRONT web site at: http://www.raig.ru/cot.asp.
Email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reviewed by Scott Heller