Consider The Source Shreds Sullivan Hall
Capping a two night stand at downtown jam haven Sullivan Hall last month, Consider The Source once again brought their unique brand of virtuoso world fusion metal to their hometown with a stellar late Saturday night performance. A small, but fervent crowd witnessed a two hour set that ran the gamut from Middle Eastern tinged dirges to speed metal freak outs, often in the space of the same lengthy song.
After a Friday night bill featuring fellow progressive metal acts, Saturday night focused the attention on bands drawing influence from across the globe. Up-and-comers Zetizen opened the night, followed by a blistering set of John Zorn jazz metal courtesy of Abraxas.
The main act took the stage around 11PM and eased into things with a mellow instrumental excursion that would not have seemed out of place at a Sephardic wedding. Soon things veered towards the melodic metal that draws the trio followers from fan bases that would normally stay far away from hippie music.
As the night progressed, the group displayed the musical mastery that befits their eclectic following. Gabriel Marin, one of the only guitarists regularly using two necks beyond aesthetics, manipulated the sonic force of his instrument coaxing otherworldly sounds of brass and beyond. John Ferrara held down the low end with a delicate precision and newcomer Jeff Mann exhibited the chops that have allowed him to blend so seamlessly into the trio.
A special guest was in the house. Midway through the extended set, Matt Darriau took the stage to lend his saxophone skills to “Do Not Shrink My Gypsy.” A longtime player in New York City’s Balkan scene, Darriau was also an early influence on Consider The Source and they seemed especially humbled to have him join them.
Part of the allure of the band is their ongoing quest for global influence through instrumental experimentation. That brought the group to just their second ever extended acoustic set after a well received campground set at Catskill Chill a few weeks prior. Exotic instruments like Gabe’s dombra and John’s bass banjo lent new sounds to the improvised selections.
The trio switched the electricity back on for the home stretch and thrived off the manic energy of the appreciative crowd, bobbing and weaving through dexterous compositions with ease. After a roller coaster ride of a set, Ferrara emerged for a frenetic solo bass onslaught before the rest of the ensemble emerged for “Ol’ Chomper” inspired by and featuring samples from the classic Simpsons episode, “Last Exit to Springfield.”
You can catch Consider The Source stateside this weekend before they head off to Deutschland for a tour with the German jazz metal prog fusion group Panzzerballett. They will be back in the Northeast for a New England Halloween run.
Tour Dates and Info HERE