03/17/20: Zon – Astral Projector
Denton Young (vocals, cello, drums)
Brian Miller (guitar, vocals)
Jim Samson (bass)
Howard Helm (keyboards, vocals)
Kim Hunt (drums)
Produced by: Don Lorusso
Engineered by: Andy Hermant
Mixed by: Andy Hermant, Don Lorusso
Remastered by: Andy Pearce
9 in stock (can be backordered)
Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition – Fully Remastered Audio – 4 Bonus tracks. 12 page full colour booklet – 4,000 word essay, enhanced artwork, new photos and new interview.
BY THE TIME of the late 70s, rock music had coalesced into various styles and genres. One branch moving towards perfection and, by contrast, experimentation was accurately labelled pomp rock. It was a finely-honed amalgam of early seventies progressive rock, art rock and hard rock, bound together by a developed sense of melody and a keen feel for songwriting. The music world was on fire with such magnificent purveyors as Styx, Kansas, Starcastle, Saga and Trillion. These were acts that took their craft seriously, making sure that musicality and melody were at the very forefront of every move. Zon were no exception to the ensuing flood of young pomp rock hopefuls. Originating from Toronto, they garnered the attention of Epic records, who signed them hoping to score big with the band’s unique brand of quirky, yet superbly crafted, rock that sounded not unlike a young Styx. Their debut album, ‘Astral Projector’, made quite a splash, hooking fans and critics with its punchy content and adventurous arrangements. Vocalist Denton Young leading the band through a knock-out selection of tracks that were determined to impress. Boasting a full complement of streamlined tracks, such as opener ‘Put On The Show’, and the fascinating ‘Man In The Mirror’, their glorious mash-up of Styx/Kansas and Genesis is electrifying. There’s even pop rock on offer, such as ‘Talkin’ About’ and ‘Melody’, but the undoubtedly brilliant title track is the cream of the crop. Also look out for four previously unreleased bonus tracks, including ‘The Battle’, an eight minute pomp rock masterclass.