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Money For The Toll

Do`s Cup Of Tea

Review by Gary Hill

This release is a live recording of the band Money For The Toll. The music on this album is hard-edged rock with solid prog elements. This band shows promise, and with a little luck, should have a good career ahead.

Money For the Toll is R. Sean Faust, Rob Szyba, Gordon Prokap and Patrick Calabrese. The disc can be ordered directly from the band by visiting their website at http://www.mftt.com. You can also email the band at innsoul@aol.com. Tell them that you read about the disc in the Music Street Journal.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: The Early Years Volume 4 at lulu.com/strangesound.

Track by Track Review
Disconnected (Part One)
Beginning with a very modern sounding intro based on keys and a meaty bass line, the song is quite powerful and very prog metalish. The piece has dark and gritty tones, and calls to mind Smashing Pumpkins while maintaining that strong prog metal texture. An instrumental break late in the song (which serves as the ending) contains solid prog influences and intriguing keyboard work.
Higher Source
This is a slow and quite evocative progish ballad, and the guitar solo segment is very metallic.
Affirmative
Aptly titled, this instrumental has quite a Yesish texture. In fact, the piece really calls to mind the Rabin era track Changes rather heavily at times. Still, other tones pervade this number, most strongly prog metal and jazz. The timing on this one is very quirky.
Innocent Souls
Innocent Souls is a considerably admirable prog metal piece that shows off progressive rock elements in the modes of Kansas and others at times.
Disconnected (Part Two)
A very gritty metallic tone is the order of the day for this cut. The entire piece is essentially a very strong and quirky metal tune with dark overtones.
 
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