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The Cassini Projekt is a musical project from Dublin, Ireland which is headed up by Alex McDonnell. This batch of 9 compositions takes on hirsute progressive rock riffs, solid bass gears, and blasting drums in general. McDonnell gets involved in a highly playful action which is reflected through incessant changing in chords and keys. The whole is keen on running along the borders of progressive rock and metal rock which are embellished with tickling psychedelic whiffs, frantic funk flirtations, bombastic orchestrated flirtations, and electronic explorations. By singing manner McDonnell extends from calm and joyous to more melancholic and aggressive expressions.
From Progressive Rock and Progressive Metal E-Zine. I should note Eoin Leonard plays bass on Ho-Down, this isn’t mentioned in the review.
“THE CASSINI PROJEKT – “Blind Vision”
The Cassini Projekt (with “k”) is a one-man band hailing from Dublin, the U.K. The only integrant is Alex Mc Donnell (guitars, piano, keyboards, drums, bass, and vocals). Hats off for him, he has the right Rock attitude. Mc Donnell and his The Cassini Projekt tries to create music without boundaries, making use of every musical genre, and has the hunger for experimentation, having fun during his own musical journey. Mc Donnell has the most different influences, and is addicted to “The Mars Volta”, “Radiohead”, “Queen”, “The Darkness”, “Nine Inch Nails”, “Charlotte Hatherley”, “Led Zeppelin”, “The Prodigy”, “At the Drive-In”, “Coldplay”, “Goldfrapp”, “Opeth”, “Animals as Leaders”, “Badly Drawn Boy”, “Dragonforce”, “Pulp”, “Yeah Yeah Yeahs”, “Interpol”, and “Tool”.
Somehow, he mixed everything inside himself, and through his particular point of view, produced a bunch of the weirdest and crazy songs that I have ever listened to. Mc Donnell managed to record all his ideas on a self-made CDR titled “Blind Vision” (2008, “Firebird Records”).
Defying a conventional Tag, his music is unlimited by any borders, and may amalgamate within a single composition the most diverging tendencies, from Metal and Punk to Progressive, Pop-Rock, Space-Rock and Experimental Music. The 9 tracks of “Blind Vision” are really amusing, and some are long, clocking around 6 to 8 minutes. The opening track – “Cold Stare“ – is a mix of Hard Rock riffs inserted within a Space-Rock frame. “Long Time Coming“ is like a melodic Progressive-Punk, recalling “The Jam” and “The Clash”, but stuffed with guitar effects. “Take it All“ is a Techno-Trance-Punk-Funk, busting radioactive energy to all sides, and spilling out crazy “Hendrixian” guitars. “Ho-Down“ is a melodic Post-Punk ballad that recalls me of “The Cure”, while the Alternative Rock of “Blind Vision“ brings light guitars that are quite like “Radiohead”. “Hell’s a Place in Mexico“ is a Punk-Metal that blends the explosiveness of “Nine Inch Nails” with a middle section bringing Mexican guitars in a NWOBHM-styled guitar technique that reminds me of Metal band “Satan”. “Whiteblood“ is a Noisy-Experimental-Metal track, while “Fail“ contrasts with it by being almost a Folk ballad (maybe an influence of “Charlotte Hatherley”). “Fight to the End“ is a Post-Metal experimental-cosmic-psychedelic track that pushes all Universe closer to the Big Crunch.
With a noisy, harsh, yet original Alternative-Garage-Punk-Metal-Progressive sonority, The Cassini Projekt is not recommended for the regular Progressive Rock lover, but for those who like to listen to amusing crazy music that extrapolates all patterns of normality. If you like “Nine Inch Nails”, “The Prodigy”, “Goldfrapp”, “Animals as Leaders”, “Badly Drawn Boy”, “Pulp”, “Yeah Yeah Yeahs” and “Interpol”, give it a try. Only band member involved in The Cassini Projekt is: Alex Mc Donnell – Vocals, Guitars, Piano, Keyboards, Drums, and Bass…
(Comments by Marcelo Trotta).”
Blind Vision (copyright 2008)
This album was completed in 2008 and was released in a sense on VOX, a blogging site which has since ceased operations. With this in mind The Cassini Projekt undertook to release it on Last FM and Soundcloud. (http://soundcloud.com/the-cassini-projekt/sets/blind-vision-part-1).
Eoin Leonard supplied bass on Ho-Down and it was mostly written during University and immediately after the completion of the composers degree and so the songs are to some extent reflective of that. For example Cold Stare’s lyrical themes, about a kleptomaniacal vampire female who develops a crush on the narrator, is largely evocative of the pre-occupations of two 2nd year college students. By contrast, Blind Vision concerns instant gratification culture, deceit in the political system and the consensus people give to live in a 9-5 labour market society and was composed after college when the band member was working. Similarly Fail is a condemnation of group think and is nihilistic and misanthropic in atmosphere.
However silliness is never far as in the case of a song like White Blood concerning transcendence and power through the self destructive consumption of excessive amounts of cocaine or with Ho-Down, which is basically a parody of Prince and Justin Timberlake songs. The music was recorded using a Fosters 287 multitracker which is around 20 years old and semi functioning. It was connected to a computer essentially as a means of recording audio in Sonar. Therefore the technology involved was primitive.