In looking for new music to review for this site I spend a lot of time surfing Noisetrade to see what’s new. One such expedition led me to Magnificent Applesauce. The name alone made me want to listen. In a happy case of judging the
book album by it’s cover I struck prog rock genius. The collective of Chad Kostella – Guitar/Lead Vocals, Jason Sims – Lead Guitar/Vocals, Leo Sauvignon – Bass, Riz Blanton – Drums/Persussion has created something that is truly unique.
The title song Mass of a Million Suns (M.O.A.M.S) is a dark metal wonder. Chad Kostella‘s rough-edged vocals lead the way in this song. I immediately flash to Black Hole Sun–this song has the same feel. I am listening with \m/ proudly sported on my right hand; head bobbing in time with Jason Sims’ guitar.
The next song throws me completely off-balance–in a good way. I hear an intro that’s part gospel keyboard, part slow blues jam guitar. It’s indeed Smoother & I’m riding this beat. I get roughed up a bit with “Fall down & meet your Maker” & it’s like Korn or Disturbed jumped in to say hello. As quick as it comes it’s gone again for that steamy blues riff. Then at 1:55 is a scorching guitar progression that blows my mind. There’s no doubt I’m crushing on the ‘Sauce.
Space is exactly where this track starts. Floating on a futuristic keyboard & vocals snatched from a forgotten Gregorian chant I feel the stress of the holidays ebb away. As I relax the guitars come in with a fast triplet progression that gets my blood pumping.
I have no idea what to expect for Hunting & that’s good because Magnificent Applesauce is here to shatter expectations. A quiet, mellow opening that recalls Snow Patrol works its way into a slow prog ballad.
Where is our home?
This is the question that seems to have no answer as the pace of the song gains speed. I can hear a little Foo Fighter’s & Bush as the melody gets darker & heavier to the end.
A little taste of Leo Sauvignon‘s bass teases into the rollicking Fight Night. The guitar is on a mission; looking for trouble & determined to find it. Riz Blanton‘s drums are egging on the brewing throw down.
Back to back we’re surrounded/we’re a circle of brothers/we won’t be defeated. Back to back we’re surrounded/hold the line
Metal infused, fist-pumping rock with a wild guitar solo ending that will make you believe in the power of prog. Truly a gift from the music gods.
Syncopated synth combined with the dark bass & a guitar progression that makes my feet pound the floor is A Song. I’ve lost the ability to even begin to identify the influences that I’m hearing. The music washes over me & I’m transported to a darkened club, lights flashing & a mass of people moving as one to this song. Chad Kostella’s deep vocals are hypnotizing
Before you run (you run away) A song is here to make you feel at home/before you cry (you cry aloud) a song is here to make you feel alive.
This is by far my favorite song on the EP. I listened to it on repeat for a long time. The subtlety & nuance from every band member is on display here.
This is a MUST HAVE addition to any music collection. It is indeed Magnificent Applesauce & I can’t wait to see what they serve up on their next album.