Sometimes, metal guys want to play jazz fusion, and that is something that New York based guitarist and composer Drummond does with his 2015 debut EP Getting Comfortable. Featuring Eugene Bisdikian on bass and Thomas Diognardi on drums, along with guest-guitarists Sithu Aye and Alex Frondelli, and Sara Donnellan as a vocalist on one of the songs, Drummond offer up striking, highly progressive metallic fusion music that never bores or ventures too far off into aimless territory.
Highly complex yet flowing, Getting Comfortable sees weaving guitar and bass melodies twisting and turning around each other, the drums following along every step of the way but keeping it all grounded. Opening “New Paint” is a perfect example of this, as arrangements just grab hold of you and take you on a mind altering journey. Nothing here is overly heavy, but there is just enough crunch in the guitar on some of the songs to keep this in the metal camp, yet when the band goes for some soaring, thought provoking melodies, as on title track, it’s classic jazz fusion/prog rock all the way.
“Second Self” features some fast, staccato riffing and blazing, Allan Holdsworth inspired lead lines, and “Ecotone” (featuring Sithu Aye) is as beautiful an instrumental track as you are going to hear, with lush, lilting guitar patterns. An excellent way to close the EP featuring deep, acrobatic, grooves and jaw dropping guitar flights.
If you like adventurous, classy instrumental metal fusion, Getting Comfortable is a release you need to seek out immediately. But to make it easy, here is where you can get it.