Uncle Guts pre-ProgDay 2001 show captured here for eternity on good quality CDR is 52 minutes of King Crimson-inspired instrumental metallic fusion. Heavy guitars, bass, drums and samples so heavy that some listeners might characterize their combined effect as distortion define these six similar-sounding songs.
There are some impressive moments, as guitarist Mike Pizza continually strives to make each note he plays resonate deeper than the previous one, and his solos become progressively more intricate. Drummer Dave Grollman, whos credited with the megaphone in the liner notes, displays some fancy jazz chops while bass player Mike Galway keeps everything on track or at least as on track as possible for this eclectic trio. On the other hand, some passages sound like a warm-up rehearsal by a bunch of local hacks stuck in the basement of their parents home.
Echoes of Led Zeppelin (Trail of Doubt), The Doors (Without Color) and classic-rock funk (36) surface from time to time, but such flourishes cant save A Fat 50 from turning into a big mess, droning on until it numbs your eardrums. Listen to this disc one too many times and feel your blood pressure rise.
2. Trail of doubt
3. Without color
5. This Day