John Lancaster – Crash Test In Progress
Self released – 2012
Rock, Stoner, Prog, Metal, Alternative
Last year we already mentioned the amazing Phantom Moon record by Chum frontman John Lancaster. On where he enlisted the help of fellow great musical magicians from the Huntington, West Virginia area. This time he dove into the studio with the guys who have been playing the live gigs with him and who already earned their spurs with bands like Chum, Abdullah and Hybrid Zero. Which could have lead to the eclectic sound suffer and songwriting barriers be erected, since the first album was written over a long period of time and colored in by the guests. But no, the man seems to have a definite hold on his freedom and even if the band has contributed in the way of writing it seems to have been in minor variations which never interfere with the no boundaries take of Lancaster himself. Riffs straight off some colossal stoner record, structures that could be found on progressive metal albums and masterful melodies that are usually found less and less in heavy rock. Loud, huge, versatile and determined. It makes Crash Test In Progress once again magnificent and imposing.