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A Granite Scale

by Ironia

Hard progressive rock from northern New Jersey.
Genre: Rock: Hard Rock
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Album Notes
". . . . a line up of serious talent which fuses almost Metal edged Progressive Rock, with a slight taste of funk." -- Progged Internet Radio, Feb. 2002

". . . . while listening to Ironia's debut album, A Granite Scale, over and over again will reveal more and more depth to the music, it only took one spin on the CD player for me to like this album . . . . Ironia isn't a clone of any prog or hard rock band I've ever heard. In fact, they don't even clone themselves. No two songs on A Granite Scale are alike: Variety is the key to Ironia's music . . . . Comparisons to other bands are hard to make, though Ironia does remind me of Extreme. Extreme was often dismissed as a hair band, but Extreme was a progressive band in many respects. And Extreme did not often repeat themselves. Like Extreme, the key to Ironia is variety and the willingness to take chances. Ironia also reminds me a bit of the progressive rock band Spock's Beard because both bands have a lot of instrumental kookiness. A Granite Scale is a good, solid release. I urge anyone out there looking for something truly different, challenging and, yes, progressive to give Ironia - A Granite Scale a shot. It isn't the greatest album I've ever heard. But it is among the most interesting albums I've ever heard. I look forward to future releases from Ironia." -- The Final Verdict, Feb. 2002.

"The lyrics are a lot of fun. Sometimes probing, sometimes tongue in cheek, always a cut above the standard schlock on the radio waves . . . The play is that of free artistry. One could say that the band is playing a form of abstract impressionism, giving you half formed images and not-quite-there glimpses of something. You have to meet this band halfway to grasp what they are doing, and even then it may elude you for several listens.

"The bottom line is that this is a fun disc . . . If you try to work too hard to follow the music, you're going to miss the point. This is not metal. It is the heavier end of progressive rock, but it is pushing the envelope so far that it would be hard to categorize it. Let's just call it unanticipated and leave it at that. Wonderfully unanticipated." -- Satan Stole My Teddy Bear, Jan. 2002.

"Very well crafted progressive music in the hard rock vein. It can also get a bit funky at times which brings to mind Edwin Dare and some of the better elements of Extreme, namely the guitar playing. Impressively, [A Granite Scale] never gets mired in a prog indulgence and remains vital throughout the disc . . . Touching on Nuno Bettencourt and Petrucci feel with a pinch of Jeff Kollman mixed in with strong shades of Adrian Belew-like Zappa influenced lines, Nick Delonas is a very big talent. His lines are vibrant with great warmth and nice legato. Complementing his wonderful playing are some fantastic bass parts." -- The Surfing Alien's Music Reviews, Dec. 2001

"A very radio savvy recording. This is a band that has no pretensions, and it shows in this honest and straight-up recording. Overall, it is a worthy and marketable recording and stands as an excellent first effort!" -- The RRCA, Dec. 2001

"Nice album." -- Background Magazine, Dec. 2001

"Loaded with power and adrenalin!" -- Guitar Chef, Nov. 2001.

"The guys in Ironia are superb musicians . . . the songs are definitely well written and performed . . . Ironia is a band to check out." -- Custom Heavy, Oct 2001.

"Delonas rarely, if ever, plays a stock or expected guitar solo -- all his six-string excursions are creatively crushing or frenetically fuzzed out. In fact, the bulk of his guitar work can be commended for straying into alternative streams of sonic texture . . . This kind of attention to vision -- where music is purposefully designed to set itself apart from the usual radio fodder -- is refreshing and should be encouraged and supported wherever possible. If a hard rock, progressive mix is up your alley, check out A Granite Scale." -- Guitar Nine Records Magazine, Aug-Sept 2001.

"Nice music . . . Really rockin' . . . I do techno stuff, but you rip . . ." -- Bill Flannery Jr., World Dance Collection

"The players here are solid and instrumentally tight . . . the bass and guitar are particularly bright, weaving together some interesting lines and riffs . . . the instrumental portions are certainly a bright spot, especially on rhythmically complex cuts like 'Toe Jam' and 'Rhino Racing.'" -- The Giant Progweed, Oct 2001.

"Some cool and complex instrumental sections . . . the band can play." -- Exposé magazine, Nov. 2001.



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Funky, but cool! Great to hear new stuff!