An angry concept album resplendent in intricate, progressive rock exploring a dark theme of strange relationships between captor and captive from Canadian composer Lucas Lee with regular collaborator Marco Minneman.
Release date: 2nd February 2021
Format: CD / Digital
The guitars, bass, keyboards and piano of Lucas Lee , a Washington-State-based, Canadian multi-instrumentalist and composer and drums of Marco Minnemann make up this combo of instrumental wizardry .
If you are looking for an album to smash away all those frustrations and anger you have built up recently this is the one. Some resort to donning boxing gloves and pounding the leather off a punchbag or grabbing the nearest racket and ball and crashing it against a wall. Lucas Lee grabs a guitar and contorts notes and explodes musical mayhem to express “aggression, despair, anguish and urgency” on Syndrome de Estocolmo to musically evidence the plight of individual confined in oppressive conditions, and explores their developing a state of Stockholm Syndrome in which the incarcerated fosters an unexpected disjointed relationship towards those impounding them.
He clearly has a lot to get off his chest as this is a 68 minute epic of relentless turmoil through the media of hard, metal and progressive on this avant garde extravaganza of sonic exploration.
Lucas Lee guitar compositions have been described as having “sporadic sprinkles of dense and unconventional harmonisation” whilst Marco Mannerman’s drumming is full of “masterful polyrhythm and playful odd-meter grooves.“
The absence of lyrics, apart from a brief appearance from voice-over actor Jordan Reynolds, leaves the accurate instrumental interpretation of a very serious topic a purely individual matter.
Lucas says: “I’ve poured in everything I have and pulled every trick up my sleeve into this project.”
With no track under six minutes every track is a hefty, fervent and refined experience but there is melody and purpose.