When a promo sheet says that a band is recommended for fans of the BEACH BOYS, Ennio Morricone, METALLICA and John Coltrane, you can bet pretty safely that the band will be anything but conventional. Well, featuring instrumentation ranging from guitar and drums to accordion, violin, harpsichord, bass clarinet and lap steel, ESTRADASPHERE aren't exactly your run-of-the-mill music ensemble. These guys are on a pretty heady mission - to rock against rock, according to their bio - and they've got the chops to succeed.
It's curious that "Palace Of Mirrors" is being marketed specifically to a Metal audience, as this is something that would be much more likely embraced by fans of the whole Ipecac Recordings/Mike Patton and John Zorn/Tzadik scenes. In fact, ESTRADASPHERE's members have been involved in a number of Tzadik releases and owe their discovery and initial signing to Trey Spruance, formerly of one MR. BUNGLE. And BUNGLE is probably the closest point of reference as to what these guys sound like; imagine a more orchestral and less overtly frenetic version of "Disco Volante", only without any vocals whatsoever. Nope, ESTRADASPHERE let the instruments do the talking and boy, do they say some of the damnedest things...
Fans of BUNGLE, SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM, SECRET CHIEFS 3, or any of John Zorn's works will finds ESTRADASPHERE to be a wonderful trip through some new and unique musical textures. I mean, Spaghetti Eastern? How can you not love that?
(Online October 27, 2006)