Actual Time - _Time Frame_
by: Brian Meloon (4 out of 5)
Virginia's Actual Time have released their second offering, following on the heels of their self-titled 1999 five-song demo [CoC #48]. This time around, it's a six-song offering, with a similar but slightly more aggressive sound. Their music is all instrumental, based heavily upon complex rhythms and tight syncopation. Odd time signatures abound and shift frequently, but only the most observant listeners (or those who read the liner notes) will pick up on them, as the band does a good job of making their odd meters accessible. Thankfully, the band keep their songs short (between three and four minutes each) as their heavily rhythmic instrumental nature would tend to make longer songs repetitive and boring. But they're able to keep their songs interesting, and even make them somewhat distinctive. The production is very good, and the playing is rock solid and very tight. Overall, this is an improvement over their demo, and should satisfy those looking for a heavy instrumental disc to groove to.

(article published 12/4/2002)


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