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Chest Rockwell – Existentialist

Chest Rockwell is the brainchild of the very talented musician Josh Hines and on the new album existentialist he do everything! The album will hit the streets on April 16th and is the fifth effort from this very nice band.

«The lyrics of The Existentialist are a the lyrics are a continuation of the story from Chest Rockwell’s 2020 album Ghost Of A Man Still Alive however the music is a sort of a prog-metal sound with a little more focus on riffs than our previous work   The writing, performing, and production of the album were entirely handled by band founder Josh Hines».

Concept, music, and lyrics and written, arranged, performed, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Josh Hines. The album was recorded at The Temple of the Hogs in Bowling Green, KY from October – December 2019. Art by Matt Simone and layout by Josh Hines

«Thank you Nick, Stewie, and Seth for giving me the blessing to do this album alone».

Ghost Of A Man Still Alive came in 2020 and was the first album where Josh Hines played all instruments. On The Existentialist he do all by himself once again! We can only faintly imagine the enormous amount of work that Hines has had in making Existentialist. An album that is very varied, dark in the right way, original, provocative, creative and entertaining.

The Existentialist by Chest Rockwell:

Horns Of Dilemma

Bystander at the Switch

Veil of Ignorance

Salience of the Actor

Acceptance of the Absurd

Locus Of Control

Transference Interference

The Other’s Look

I Was The Traveler

US outfit Chest Rockwell was named after a character in the motion picture Boogie Nights, was formed by Josh Hines (guitars, vocals) in late 2003, initially as a solo project. Boogie nights portray the porn industry by the way!

In the spring of 2004 Nick Rouse (drums) and Nick Stewart (bass, keyboards) became involved, and at that point the project ended and the band was born.

2005 saw them releasing their first album, Back To Square One, a creation blending elements typical to indie rock with influences from acts like Yes and Rusg. Just after the release of this album Seth Wilson (guitars) was added to the band’s line-up.

With the expanded line-up firmly settled they hit the studio in the summer of 2006, and 2007 saw them issuing the production Chest Rockwell vs. The Worl”, a 42 minute-long epic divided into 8 parts, whilst adding both jazz, metal and some folk elements to the progressive-tinged indie rock explored on their debut.

In the summer of 2007 the compilation Flavor was released that featured songs from both previous albums, a new track to be on an upcoming album, and a re-recording of an older song.

After intensive years with songwriting and concerts the band took a small break after promoting their second album; but in the summer of 2008 they started preparing material for their third album, Total Victory, which was issued in the spring of 2009. This album was a finalist in the Italian Prog Awards under Best Prog Attitude” and gained the band a nice place in the prog genre.

The rest is history but through the years Chest Rockwell never repeated their music but always explored new soundscape in a very well-crafted and successful and very listenable way.

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Om Ulf Backstrøm (6221 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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