Rocket Scientists – Supernatural Highways

Rocket Scientists – Supernatural Highways
Think Tank Media – TTMD-1056
I remember a long time ago when I got the album “Close To the Edge” by Yes, and thinking, how does a full album have only three songs on it? On my first listen to the title track, the word “epic” ran through my cranium and I immediately understood. The latest release from the Rocket Scientists gave me a serious case of deja-vu in this regard. Not surprising considering the track record of this gem of a prog rock act featuring the maestro trio nucleus of keyboardist Erik Norlander, guitarist Mark McCrite and NS/Stick player Don Schiff, with several very talented “assistants” including Gregg Bissonette, Greg Ellis, and Lana Lane. There are actually only two tracks on this EP, with the lead one being the twenty-six minute plus opus “Traveler on the Supernatural Highways.” Like the aforementioned “Close To the Edge,” the pure musical prowess alone is enough to keep you enraptured throughout the prodigious length. The song has seven distinct parts, ranging from ethereal soul caressing to intoxicating industrial throbbing to power rocking fire. This is the type of journey that the band entices the listener to come along for the ride, where you really can feel and experience their travels heightening the enjoyment of this delectable musical feast. Then you get a very tasty resort as the second song (a mere four minutes and fourteen seconds) is a groovy rockin’ version of the theme song from the James Bond film “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” complete with a horn section. When you listen to the Rocket Scientists’ music, both here and on previous recordings, it gives you a certain perspective about progressive rock. Musical talents of the highest order are a prerequisite in this genre, and that is a facet that is a no-brainer here. But some prog can get a tad pretentious, bombastic and even cold and calculated. Not the case with the Rocket Scientists as you can just get the idea here that they are smiling while creating this music, really enjoying being able to channel their capabilities into something their fans will smile about as well. This is the greatest gift that any band can give their fans, and the fans of the Rocket Scientists will now doubt be downright giddy with their latest present. – MW



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