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Losing Time

by Bother

Dynamic, innovative progressive metal combining solid yet creative musical structure with complex melodic musings.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Progressive Metal
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Free
6:45 album only
2. Solitude
5:02 album only
3. Return To Athens
8:27 album only
4. Losing Time
4:02 album only
5. Faith
6:08 album only


Album Notes
Bother is a progressive rock/metal band from Charlotte, North Carolina.

Motivated by the desire to create complex and intelligent music that remains listener-friendly, the band began playing together in 1995. Bother's appeal stems from its musical uniqueness as well as the members' proficiency as performers.

The band's songs contain rapid changes in tempo and rhythm coupled with unusual chord progressions, tonality and dissonance. Song lyrics capture the full range of human emotion, from aggression to passion to moody contemplation.

The members of Bother are experienced players, each having performed with other ensembles in the past. Each musician's vocal and instrumental skill contributes to the group's easy versatility.

The members' strong musical rapport with one another and the pleasure they take in their work are evident in their dynamic and energetic performance.



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Bruno Van de Velde, Undertow Magazine, Belgium: "Seems that there are some talented musicians in Charlotte, North Carolina. Not only do we have Channel Black but also this band hails from the same city. Bother is a progressive rock/ metal band that delivers here a five-song mini CD. Bother is not a band that tries to step in the footprints of more well-known progressive acts like Fates Warning or Dream Theater. These five musicians have created a pretty original sound, which is very versatile. The music is very laid back and never really heavy but the songs are very well arranged and performed. Vocalist Sean McKnight has a clean warm voice and delivers his vocals in the mid range sector. I wouldn't be surprised if a label will pick up this band soon."


Todd Bowman, Creative Loafing, Charlotte, NC: "Another metallic styled bunch of lads who've been dancing around the local fringes for four years. But wait. . . a graceful duplex of guitars. . . melodic multi-vocal constructs akin to Queen . . . layered metal structures that actually have discernable layers (i.e., not drowning in distortion). While the solos fall loosely across a dozen metal sub-genres, ranging from comically cheesy to decadently obtuse, all in all, it's a more unpredictable version of stop and go tactics, minus the usual need for balancing silence with wail. Sure, it can get trapped in its own drubbing undertow, but they seem to be having fun exploring their own silliness, and that's a rare breath of fresh air in this thrashy world."


Keith Langerman, Metal and Hard Rock Area: "Tired of the countless Dream Theater, Fates Warning and Queensryche soundalike bands that are flooding the prog metal scene as of late? If you are, do a favor to yourself and check out "Losing Time", the debut cd ep from Bother. Hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina this talented quintet largely eschews obsessive technique, in the process creating distinctive music. Yes, there are elements here and there recalling the aforementioned trio, but for the most part Bother tries to sound like themselves, which is quite refreshing indeed! "Free", the opening song begins with a whispered intro that does recall Queensryche. However, once the song kicks in with a dark, sparse yet heavy guitar riff that runs underneath great harmony vocals (which remind one of Alice In Chains), it's quite apparent that this is not just another soundalike band. Vocalist Sean McKnight wisely stays away from the standard Tate, LaBrie and Alder blueprint that so many vocalists are drawn to like moths to a flame! McKnight stays mostly in the lower to middle vocal range, which is quite refreshing indeed! The band's two guitarists, Marty Earhart and Mathew Rubright, also stay away from the virtuoso "it's prog so let's jam as many notes and time changes in as possible" school of playing. That's not to say that the two aren't great players, because they are! The second track "Solitude" does contain some quite impressive fretwork, but not at the expense of the song. Instead the two guitarists interlock with each other, switching off between rhythm and lead duties until finally offering up some cool dual guitar leads. "Return To Athens" the ep's centerpiece and longest track at 8:30 begins with heavy guitar leads before being propelled by the versatile rhythm section of bassist Matt Zawila and Luis Castrillon. There are some very well developed harmony vocals here, while the song kicks in with heavy riffs followed by impressive guitar work by both guitarists. Definitely one of the highlights contained here! "Losing Time", the title track begins with a heavy, almost thrashy riff before changing to the atmospheric chorus, then becoming more of a straight ahead heavy song with notable performances from drummer Castrillon and bassist Zawila, who develop a very cool, heavy groove that allows guitarists Earhart and Rubright to wail a little bit. Ending with "Faith", another heavy, complex song replete with great harmonies, and a frenzied rideout that has a heavy groove and great guitar work. A fine ending indeed! Another factor that distinguishes Bother from other bands in the genre is the absence of keyboards. This serves to give all the songs a heavier, more raw feel to them without keyboards around to sweeten things up! Lyrically, this is very dark, with all of the songs dealing with loss of faith, but the lyrics are intelligent and at the same time straightforward. Sound quality on "Losing Time" is very good! Especially considering this is a debut self-financed release. No, Bother isn't the second coming that will save prog metal(although it could happen!) Even the top bands of today had to mature to get where they are now. Considering the stage in their career, Bother is very mature, and promises to get even better. Given the right opportunities this is a band that has the promise to go far."