When artists say that their latest album is a whole lot better than their previous one, you will often explain that as appropriate enthusiasm for a creation which have been dominating them for a while, at which that previous one is mostly wrongly considered as the lesser one. With 'Genesis', the second album by the Greek guitarist Achilleas Diamantis, that recently was published under the group name Confusion, this also seemed the case. His first CD, 'Confusion', you see, is an attractive collection of jazz-rock related pieces. But after listening to 'Genesis' we have to agree with Achilleas; his firstling doesn't fade into a weak one, (it's true), but 'Genesis' is such a great step forwards that makes that his enthusiasm is correct. Most important cause for this is that this album is much more a tight group affair, in which excel next to the guitar-player (who's also responsible for guitar-synthesizer and Tribal Tech-like keyboard programming) Panagiotis Haramis (bass) and Takis Intas (drums), while in two tracks Diamantis's brother Stratos takes care of the keys. The music itself has become more coherent too. Most of the songs have a basis of firm jazz-rock, with a syncopated Scott Henderson, a solid Frank Gambale and a sensitive Allan Holdsworth as references. From this basis the variations known from the first album are still being made, like Latin in 'Traveller in Time', Blues in 'Occupational Hazard' or the vocal reggae-phrase in 'Where R U?', comparable with the modern work of Gongzilla. The guitar playing of Achilleas is well done and many-sided. Harmonizing parts are frequently heard which gives a beautiful full sound and especially in the more emotional tinted pieces the great, deep sound that has similarities with the baritone play of Holdsworth are striking. A good example for this is the almost ten minutes lasting ballad 'Escaped Soul', a typical tribute for a loved one, in which by the way Blues-rhythms are being incorporated in a subtle way. Haramis is taking his solo's regularly too, at which one can especially enjoy his gliding fretless bass play. In this all Intas is a perfect accompanist, who has thorough command of all the styles and, judging by 'Spunky', isn't averse to Dance-like rhythms. 'Genesis', which is being introduced and escorted by a female voice that is introducing this band in a tempted way, offers all in all a delicious example of intriguing jazz-rock. Written By IO PROGRESSIVE MAGAZINE (RENE YEDEMA) If you're into the Jazz/Rock fusion styles of music, you're probably going to find Confusion to be one of those acts that pushes the envelop of originality and innovation. Then again, the lack of boundaries and free wheeling attitude of this style of music opens up a whole new world of sound for artists of this genre. Confusion takes full advantage of that freedom and doesn't hold back on the creativity and brilliance. Their music runs from almost brilliant to almost strange. From totally brilliant to completely off the scale. That's what I love about this style, and Confusion delivered. The musicianship and complexity of this musical style is amazing. There were times when I found myself wondering how in the hell they did some of the things they did. The musicianship ranges on a scale from very good to jaw dropping. There is a lot of very cool guitar work on this album that is both inspirational and extremely powerful. I love the fact that most guitar players, no matter what genre they prefer, can learn something from the music on this album. Most of the music is instrumental, certainly pushes the envelope of what the fusion genre has to offer. Written By MUSIC DISH (M. ALISON) First time I received some instrumental stuff out of Greece and this is some really good stuff that crosses bridges of TransAtlantic (no pun intended), Cosmosquad, Niacin with primo guitar fusion with Jazz/Rock with incredible time sigs and unorthodox songwriting that makes ths special and one real reason why more people should get involved in this genre of music; it's so underrated and makes 'Nu-Metal' look like preschoolers. Impressive also is this CD's production and is an absolute enigma for the listener as you don't know what they pull off with each song; keeps the interest level high. Review from the METAL WEBZINE QUINTESSENCE ----- Perhaps this is the first and/or only fusion band from Greece? At least the only one I am aware of. Confusion are a three piece electric fusion ensemble, with some guests doing some keyboards and vocals. They play contemporary hard edged fusion that seems to borrow as much from 70's era Bruford, during the Holdsworth, Stewart, Berlin years, as it does from more recent bands like Tribal Tech, Fragile (Japan) & The Code. There are also some Brand X-like modes occuring throughout the CD. Guitarist - Achilleas Diamantis, also contributes on guitar synth and keyboard programming, his playing is holding down many responsibilties here, rhythmically he uses phrasings, and effects heavy voicings to give the illusion of a keyboardist, he also is the color in the band, playing the designed melodies to give each song a personality, and he also is a top shelf soloist, that reminds me of Holdsworth at times, Henderson, and even Goodsall, he is his own player, but for comparisons sake, he can sound like all three of these heavyweights at one time. Bassist - Panagiotis Haramis, is also an important part of the Confusion sound, he plays with a confidence that evokes thoughs of Berlin, Willis, and Larue, his bass is never in the background, but upfront with Diamatis' guitar work, he is able to flow with the more fluid jazzrock elements in the music tastefully, and also plays some mean slap bass for the funk driven parts of the music. Takis Intas, is the bands drummer and also has the easiest name to spell! He holds the technical parts of the band together, which are many, seldom does the music meander, giving little space for improvisational drumming, he plays within the confines of structure by building polyrhythms over polyrhythms, this ability gives even more depth to Confusion's sound. Keyboards, and/or keyboard sounds are present throughout the CD, though never as a main feature, the only serve to compliment the talents of Haramis, and Diamantis. Overall, this is a very good debut, there are certain songs like Where R U?, Spunky, Sick, The Fool, & Occupational Hazard, that show the bands strengths as composers, these are the songs that appear to have the most technical structure, and in turn give Confusion the tangibles to be more than a band of jam artists. Overall, I'd say this CD is definetly one for fans of the bands listed here, while it is not a classic for the fusion genre, it certainly merits the attention of fans of hard, progressive fusion, easily one that will appeal to anyone who likes these bands: Tribal Tech, The Code, Bruford, Ronny Heimdall, Network, Fragile, Mr. Motaba, Warp 3. Review from MJBRADY ----- Confusion is a prog-rock trio from Greece that plays rock-oriented, jazz/fusion-influenced instrumentals that reach into the expanse of time with thoughtful, inquisitive, and exploratory jams that challenge the listener throughout. Confusion isn't really confused about what they do; I believe the name of the band has more to do with the very complicated nature of the world around us. Confusion ran the gamut from a heavier, more musically scholarly version of Steely Dan to the (sometimes) understated jazz/fusion underpinnings of Candiria. Because of the nature of the instrumentals it is easy to say that fans of the Vai/Satriani/Johnson school of shredding will find something to like here as well as anyone who appreciates John McLaughlin, Larry Coryell, and Allan Holdsworth. I'd like to compare Confusion to the Boston-based Event, but Confusion are more on the jazz-fusion side of the musical ledger than Event or any other band covered on the pages of Rough Edge as you can tell from the artists listed in the previous sentence. I definitely get the feeling that Confusion are influenced by Al DiMeola, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Return To Forever. While the typical Rough Edge reader who truly takes their love of hard rock and heavy metal seriously probably won't find much to appreciate in Confusion's 'Genesis,' I can say that fans of progressive rock will find something to like with the band's effort. Fans of Hess, Attention Deficit, Byrd, Gordian Knot, King Crimson, Pallas, and Rick Ray would all find something to like in Confusion's brand of jazzy progressive rock. Review from ROUGH EDGE (CHRISTOFER J. KELTER) 'Simply Fusion: An intrusion by Confusion' Confusion is a band from Greece. I don't remember many reviews of Greek bands in progVisions. The only one I can think of is La Tulipe Noir. That band had a link to Marillion and Genesis, but Confusion's album 'Genesis' has nothing to do with sympho or neo prog. Confusion is playing Jazz Rock Fusion of a high quality and complexity. The band exist out of the following members: Achilleas Diamantis: Guitars, Synth guitar, Keyboard programming. Panagiotis Haramis: Electric Bass, Fretless. Takis Intas: Drums. Additional players: Stratos Diamantis: Keyboards. Kristieanne Travers: lyrics and voice. After releasing a demo this is the first album of Confusion. The band is already working on a next album but we will concentrate on this first effort of this talented band. This album opens with an introduction 'Intro' (0:57) in the form of some delicate keyboard samples with a narration in perfect English by Kristieanne Travers the girlfriend of Achilleas Diamantis. In 'Where R U?' (4:53) the band starts with a heavy progressive and complex piece of music but suddenly the music switches to bluesy Jethro Tull guitar rock and the next minute you hear a reggae tune which flows into a difficult Jazz Rock piece. This track gives a perfect expression to their name: Confusion. '7 to 4' (5:24) could be a track of one of the best Alan Holdsworth albums. A fantastic fusion piece with a great fretless bass and drums basis with keyboard and Holdsworth like guitar solo's on top of it. It is amazing to hear such musicianship on a debut album by a band still not discovered by a record label yet. The people of the big labels are sleeping again. On 'Traveller in time' (6:18) the brother of Achilleas, Stratos Diamantis is playing some keyboards. The opening of the piece is bringing again memories of Alan Holdsworth. And believe me, if people compare a guitar player with Alan Holdsworth or Scott Henderson you must have a lot of talent and skills. This piece is also a real Confusion piece because in the end the piano and drums are in a duel together and the piano rhythms are bringing you to Cuba. 'Sick' (5:30) is a track with again a lot of variation. Rhythmic jazz-rock pieces with hectic guitar solos are combined with delicious slow fusion work. In 'The fool' (4:52) the basis is bluesy but you can hear also some dance rhythms. Panagiotis is playing some nice fretless licks here. My favourite track is 'Escaped soul' (9:57) (dedicated to Kristieanne) a delicate track with beautiful and emotional guitar work. Stratos is playing the keyboard strings here. The Holdsworth lovers will enjoy this track a lot. Also I have to mention the delicious bass solo of Panagiotis Haramis. Next is 'Occupational hazard' (6:39) with besides the jazz rock also some blues parts. Takis Intas is showing that he knows something about drumming. In the end Achilleas Diamantis is playing one of his many solo's of this album. Before the album is closed with 'Ending' (0:47) ('is your mind a mess?'), which is in the same vain as the introduction of 'Intro', we first can listen to a track with the title 'Spunky' (4:33). Complex jazz-rock rhythms are combined this time with some Funky music. Well mixing all those styles is giving some Confusion but the music on 'Genesis' is mainly Jazz Rock Fusion orientated. Achilleas Diamantis is the big man behind Confusion but all three members are very talented musicians. It sounds like they have no difficulties to play all those complex structures. People who like the music of Alan Holdworth must listen to Confusion. I know Achilleas likes also the music of like Scott Henderson but I am not very familiar with his music so I won't compare the two. Only the fact that Achilleas sounds often like Holdsworth is a great compliment I think. But besides all the guitar work there is also some great drum and bass playing. 'Genesis' is a good fusion album made by some very talented Greek musicians. It is amazing they still have no record deal. I am sure we will hear again from Confusion in the near future. Review from DOUWE FLEDDERUS - AUGUST 2002.
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