Edited by: Inside Out Music
Release date: July 29, 2022
Genre: Progressive Rock
List of tracks:
1. Mirror Mirror
3. The watchmaker (time on his side)
4. Maximum speed
6. The myth of the Mosttrophus
Longtime Spock’s Beard keyboardist Ryo Okumoto makes a welcome return to solo playing 20 years ago, the last time he released a solo record. It looks like an episode of Star Trek. I will explain later. Ryo wanted to create his version of Spock’s Beard and hadn’t stopped composing for years. Luckily for him, he met “I Am The Manic Whale” vocalist/bassist Michael Whiteman. Ideas started flowing and he was brought on board to join his new solo venture along with the other members.
But that wasn’t all the lineup, the album is packed with masters such as the great Steve Hackett and a host of great session musicians like Marc Bonilla, Mike Keneally and Lyle Workman. Can the hardware live up to the Markee range? Absolutely with vocals handled by Michael Sadler and Randy McStine as well as co-writer Michael Whiteman.
With Ryo’s experience, you know what to expect. The style of music here will be your typical mix of progressive rock with metal tinges in places. But as we like to note, best not to compare because Ryo crafted his version of all the carefully crafted elements into what became known as “The Myth of the Mosttrophus.” Each unique contribution from all the musicians involved is what makes this album a complete work of art.
The first song titled “Mirror, Mirror”, a beautiful epic groovy long track that features a full guitar solo and soaring covers as it journeys, was aptly titled after a Star Trek episode of the same name. .; Do you know the one where Mr. Spock has a beard? Well done Ryo. The opening track is a nice way to introduce the rest of the songs. Another track that stands out is the bass in “Maximum Velocity”, the tempo here changes very fluidly and the vocals sound a bit more aggressive than on the rest of the album.
Who do you call on guest bass if you’re looking for an R&B bass player who can rock? The great Doug Wimbish from Living Color of course. “Chrysalis” and “Turning Point” both feature Wimbish on bass. The tender caressing intro of “Chrysalis” is magnificently realized, because its slow tempo plays well in the construction of the disc. The out-and-back rhythm of the last track “Turning Pont” is well executed, and the keys here are prominent, while the instrumentation is superb for all musicians involved. The last few minutes are just a fantastic groovy beat that dominates until the end, the vocals and backing vocals are top notch here. Sounds like Styx on steroids. This title track from the 22-minute album Epic is majestic, to say the least.
The album apparently ends too quickly, although the 6 songs are usually misleading on any Prog record as they are usually long numbers, but overall “The Myth of the Mosttrophus” is a solid effort by Ryo Okumoto and with guest lists of seasoned musicians, you have a pretty satisfying piece of music. Obviously suitable for prog heads per se, but the music isn’t overly done and overproduced which takes away from the record. Production is once again top-notch by longtime Spock’s Beard producer Rich Mouser. Check it out!!!.
Written by: shadow editor