Loki slim down, step up

And then there were three...
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 8, 2012


Well, it's not quite Genesis soldiering on following the departure of Peter Gabriel, but there was definitely some interest in whether Jonathan Taylor's departure from lead-vocal duties last year would spell the end of Loki, one of our local hard-rock roster's more enduring acts, with five studio releases to their name over 10-plus years.

Does a win of the 2012 Battle of the Bands at the Skowhegan State Fair mean they haven't skipped a beat? If not, the five-song Audio Alchemy, released this week with a party at Asylum hosted by jackass Bam Margera, is confirmation: There's plenty of life left in Loki.

While Taylor's vocals were full-throated and mostly bellowed, bassist Seth McClellan's are more clipped and get a reverb treatment, lending some '80s and indie vibe, which is complemented by a crisp guitar sound from Jonathan Boyer in the likes of "Inner Me" that might remind of early Van Halen. Boyer's guitar line in "Flipped Right Sideways" is a sweet little tease in, and the way he and McClellan pass the melody back and forth in the instrumental break is indicative of how tight these guys are throughout the record.

Drummer Adam Nichols walks a solid line of chaos and keeping things together, especially in the finish of "Get This Right," and in the heaviest tune here, "Lose Your Nerve," where he provides foundation when Boyer pulls back into a quiet repeating phrase.

A touch proggy, with nice dynamics and organization, this is some of Loki's best work, and proof their continuation of the band was worth the effort.

AUDIO ALCHEMY | Released by Loki | with Hollow Glow | hosted by Bam Margera | at Asylum, in Portland | Nov 9 | lokifever.com

Related: New band alert, A Rush and a push, Dilly Dilly dalliance comes to an end, More more >
  Topics: CD Reviews , GENESIS, Loki, Loki,  More more >
| More

Most Popular
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   LIVING WITH SNAEX  |  November 03, 2014
    Snaex's new record The 10,000 Things is all a big fuck you to what? Us? Lingering dreams of making music for others to consume? Society at large?  
  •   THE BIG MUDDY  |  October 24, 2014
    Some people just want it more.
  •   TALL HORSE, SHORT ALBUM  |  October 16, 2014
    If Slainte did nothing more than allow Nick Poulin the time and space to get Tall Horse together, its legacy may be pretty well secure. Who knows what will eventually come of the band, but Glue, as a six-song introduction to the world, is a damn fine work filled with highly listenable, ’90s-style indie rock.
  •   REVIVING VIVA NUEVA  |  October 11, 2014
    15 years ago last week, Rustic Overtones appeared on the cover of the third-ever issue of the Portland Phoenix .
  •   RODGERS, OVER AND OUT  |  October 11, 2014
    It’s been a long time since standing up and pounding on a piano and belting out lyrics has been much of a thing.

 See all articles by: SAM PFEIFLE