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Chris Poland's new amazing killer all instrumental fusion trio's debut album
The Spirit Lives On (Jimi Hendrix Tribute)
Give us Mooew (Gary Moore Tribute)
Recorded "live" on the air at KPFK Radio 90.7 FM in Los Angeles comes this smokin' set of molten hot fusion from OHM. As of Auguest 2003 when this show was recorded, the band had just added Kofi Baker (son of Cream's Ginger Baker) to the drum seat, and they were literally firing on all cylinders, and gearing up for a tour with Alex Skolnick's Bop Trio and Marty Friedman's solo project. The set comprises some tunes from the debut album, as well as some new songs, all blistering stabs of melodic instrumental madness.
Chris Poland has developed into one of the most accomplished guitarists around, as his ferocious metal chops have mellowed over the years and taken on a funky, jazzy edge. His lethal yet melodic licks soar over the intricate rhythms of "Photograph", and take on an aggressive fusion stance on "Came to Believe." Fans of Allan Holdsworth will love the sustained chord voicings of "Peanut Buddha", a melding of jazz and hard rock that sees Robertino Pagliari's bass popping all sorts of wild harmonic bursts under Poland's thick rhythms & wild solos. Pagliari and Baker trade intricate jazz riffs on "Icarus Falls" under Poland and his searing lines, which are so rich in tone and technique they will leave you speechless at times. Combining speedy arpeggios, emotional blues runs, and frantic whammy bar mutilations, this guy has it all!
Pagliari is all over the place on the Mike Stern-meets-Allan Holdsworth "Iguana", a song with a killer melody and complex bass and guitar work. For a funkier change of pace, there is the fun "Tara", a real workout for the boys where they get to show off their chops yet also lock into a deep groove. Throw in a little hard rock/metal on the blazing "ID", and some searing, Robin Trower/Jimi Hendrix on steroids with "Jam at Tony's", an absolutely smoking vehicle for Poland's amazing guitar work(in fact check out the bands homage to "Machine Gun" here.) This tune was recorded on a different radio show, that being KSPC 88.7, and the band shows a little looser side to themselves, but no less fired up musically.
For outstanding guitar, bass, and drum work in a tight ensemble fusion framework, things don't get much better than this. Too words for ya...get this!
Added: March 17th 2004 Ohm: "Live" on KPFK 90.7FM Pacifica Radio
Ohm: "Live" on KPFK 90.7FM Pacifica Radio
Chris Poland was one of the first metal guitar players who not only found his very own style (which admittedly many had back then), but who also dared to take the step to record an all-instrumental solo-album - Return To Metalopolis - as early as 1990. Now that this milestone has been re-released last year on Lion Records, people probably must have been hungry for more Poland stuff.
The name Ohm has been running around for a couple of years already, and it was known as Chris Poland's fusion band with which he played often dynamic live performances in the United States. We Europeans had to wait until 2003 until their debut album was finally released, but it was well worth it. Where his early solo music was still quite metallic, Ohm is a fusion band through and through, but probably you have never heard anything like this before: the ingredients may be typical, you get Poland's virtuosic guitar playing, accompanied by Robertino Pagliari's genial fretless bass guitar and David Eagle's complex drum patterns. It's as if three perfect musicians have found each other with the determination to reinvent fusion jazz rock. Instead of falling into stereotypes, this three-piece works to craft soundscapes that immerse you totally in a sonic dreamland where you don't want to wake up from anymore.
It's an instrumental album, but unlike many others, you never even wish for a vocalist to take over things. These three musicians are so at ease playing with each other that listening to their songs is pure pleasure. Take a bit of Seventies fusion, a bit of Eighties experimental King Crimson, plus the occasional hardrocking sounds of the Nineties, and you get Ohm for the new millennium. This is not a near perfect album, this is truly perfection as you won't come across too often these days. I love this album, and if you really want to listen to something soothing and agitating at the same time, I suggest you get this album right away. One of the best instrumental albums of all time. 10 points.
review from DisAgreement, Luxembourg:
Poland has carried on that Jeff
Beckian fusion era in riffage phrasing, voicings of his axe, and overall feel. You will
also hear the heaviness of Leslie West's Mountain in places. Compositions are relatively
unique and engaging and oddly enuff for what I was expecting (after his Chasing the Sun)
-- Poland doesn't dominate the arena. His solos are evenly balanced, layered in nicely
with the compositions, in fusion unison lines, great rhythm crunch and chordal flow, with
only medium length explosions of soloing. OHM (B) Lion Music, 2003 OHM: OHM
OHM (B) Lion Music, 2003
Tunes like the melodic Love Song features just enough jazz flavor to balance the obvious metal chops of guitarist Poland, who pulls out all the stops with some gorgeous and emotional lead lines, littered with the right amount of speed and flash. On ID or the rhythmic Wheres My Hat, the band opts for a highly complex and heavy fusion vibe, with all sorts of twists and turns, stops and starts. Bassist Pagliari has a weaving and vocal tone, most reminiscent to Percy Jones, Michael Manring, or the late Jaco Pastorius, and his yearning lead lines grab your heart on the emotional track Came to Believe. He also lifts a song like Iguana into Weather Report-like territory with his slippery Pastorius influenced bass fills, while drummer Eagles busy beats provide a solid backbeat to the fluid lead guitar melodies of Poland. The guitarist really shows what a versatile player he is on Bastille Day (no relation to the Rush song), as his thick legato style is accentuated with lightning quick arpeggio runs, whammy bar twangs, and an overall keen sense of melody.
Without a doubt this is one of the best releases on the Lion Music roster. The synergy between these three players is amazing to hear, and I am quite impressed to hear the maturation of Chris Poland as a dynamite fusion guitarist. Bravo!
Added: April 2nd 2003
OHM - OHM (Lion Music)
Megadeth. There Ive officially gotten the obligatory Megadeth reference in on this Chris Poland release, since it is some type of rule to do that in every review hes ever had. So there it is Megadeth. Now lets move on.
OHM is a cool rockin/fusion project featuring guitarist Chris Poland, bassist Robertino Pagliari and percussionist David Eagle. In many regards, this is a stripped down project as fusion goes, yet it packs so much of a punch musically that you have to stand up and pay attention to it!
From the opening notes of Peanut Buddha, there is little question that Poland has found his true calling with this project; or more specifically this kind of music. Poland is a tremendous player who really shines brightly with OHM. The true beauty to any guitarist in this genre is his or her ability to create ambient moods when playing. Without question, Chris Poland has the God given ability to do just that. Be it the frenetic pulse of Wheres My Hat or the alluring moan of Love Song, Poland brings the appropriate sound and style to the track. And while he showcases the ability to play a zillion notes in a single bar of music from time to time, he doesnt come across as a skilled musician that lacks songwriting ideas, like an Yngwie J. Malmsteen, for instance. As a player, Poland has the skills and shows them off with OHM.
Equally impressive is the playing of the accompaniment. Robertino Pagliari is a superior bass player who mixes an almost guitar-like style into songs like Came To Believe. Not surprising on a rocked up fusion album, Pagliari is a gifted player who shines in spite of the development of each song around the guitar. Always impressive, drummer David Eagle has a distinct ability to tap and rap along with each and every song, acting more as musical development than as a simplistic timekeeper. Each member of this collaboration brings a unique aspect to this release, but its as a whole where they shine the most. This is one of the most cohesie records of the genre Ive heard in years one that doesnt start out fast and get boring as you continue to listen. Songs like Search For The Suicide King and Ohmage are every bit as interesting at the end of the record as material like Peanut Buddha was at the beginning.
PITRIFF RATING 9/10 I hate fusion by nature, but love this record! The collaboration known as OHM is the real deal, and a very worthy listen to not only the fusion, but the fan of music as well.
Chris Akin / Pitriff.com
OHM OHM (Chris Poland / David Eagle / Robertino Pagliari)
Chris Poland has teamed up with fusion monsters David Eagle (Drums) and Robertino Pagliari (Bass) to produce a highly eclectic fusion adventure. You will all remember Chris Poland from his heady days as guitarist with Megadeath. Chris has matured and OHM is what happens when a gifted musician moves to a higher level of musicality. This new CD is packed with some of the finest and widely diverse fusion/Jazz Rock compositions this side of Zappa. At times I am reminded of other fusion super groups like Weather Report, Return to Forever or the mighty Mahavishnu Orchestra some fine company indeed! Poland and crew are all well seasoned musical giants who bring a diverse melting pot of styles to the mix. Everything is here from technical brilliance, quality production to mind boggling composition structure all that makes this type of music so cool! Poland is nothing short of genius with jaw dropping technical abilities that still showcase him as a guitarist with something important to say. Chris has complete control over the guitar and presents himself as a superior player by providing some fresh prospective on Jazz - Fusion influenced licks and structures. Haunting melodies, counterpoint structure, funk grooves and just plain weird passages all grace OHM All the compositions are written with uniqueness in mind. Poland and crew are keen on keeping the listener on their toes with plenty of twists and turns. Highlights include:
- Bastille Day with its free flow feel and great fretless bass lines. Poland intermixes his metal sensibilities with a jazzier flare delivering a jazz-rock masterpiece.
- Mountain crystal clear guitar lines intertwine with distorted forays into the abyss. An ultra heavy jazz rhythm groove with some super fast arpegiated sequences that breathe fire.
- Ohmage hyper funk-groove-slamming-fret burning way cool jazz-fusion extravaganza, a fusion lovers smorgasbord!!
OHM are to good of a band to be over looked. In todays musical world of overproduced, over manufactured and over marketed tripe, OHM are a refreshing foray into what is truly possible when three musical giants, who can actually play there instruments, unite to make music. This entire CD should slay the masses in jazz-fusion circles worldwide - a masterpiece of creativity and originality.
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