Rick Massie: Gold rush and ethereal end of prog metal.

Rick Massie - Guided To An Imperfect Light

Whitehorse is the capital and largest city of the Yukon Territory in Canada. With 25,085 inhabitants, the city has 66% of the territory’s population, and is the largest city in Canada’s three territories. The town grew up as a supply base during the Klondike gold rush. Not only supply comes from this town as Ricki Massie hails from Whitehorse and makes exciting music.

Rick Massie offers progressive metal and rock. For fans of Devin Townsend, Enslaved, Andrew W.K. and old Opeth. He will release the album Guided To An Imperfect Light. An album with five long and two short songs.

After a successful digital release, solo artist Rick Massie  is preparing to release Guided To An Imperfect Light on CD on September 30th, 2022. Musically, Guided to an Imperfect Light reaches across the realms of progressive rock, black metal, hard rock, and doom metal, while lyrically, the songs explore themes of unexpected darkness and sadness, and the power of positivity and love.

Rick Massie comments:

«With so much negativity in the world, I want to shine a positive light, or at least a ray of hope, through the music I create. I think of many of the songs as soundtracks to the vast range of emotions of humans as they work through dark times. Getting from darkness to happiness usually involves a chaotic journey of emotions, from despair, to denial, to anger, to frustration, to progress, to hope, and maybe, eventually, happiness».

Inspired by acts such as Devin Townsend, Enslaved, Andrew W.K. and old Opeth, this solo effort is intentionally unconstrained by genre expectation. RICK’s intent is to take metal music and give it free rein to wander far afield into non-metal pastures. The album begins with the powerful opener Once Upon a Time…. Heavy guitars and pounding percussion deliver an explosion of power before gently subsiding to allow soaring synths and vocals to take the prominent role. It’s a dynamic contrast of metal tones and dreamy atmospheres. Counting The Stars descends into darker realms with demonic vocals, speeding riffs and dissonance producing an eerie mood.

The track diverges from its initial path into serene realms with clean guitars, clean vocals and orchestral elements moving away from the darkness. Distorted rhythmic guitar patterns, ethereal vocals and strings emerge from Need while Lullabye ventures on a grand journey through multiple genres and styles over 15 minutes. Vast soundscapes in the interlude Moonlit Hallways add a dramatic theatricality segueing into the ebb and flow of The River. Closing with Unity all elements combine to create a sound with depth, revealing both dark and light, t hat aptly melds the ideas behind Guided to an Imperfect Light.

Falling towards the ethereal end of the prog metal spectrum, Rick Mssie’s song-writing seeks to defy attempts of categorization. Exploring nightmares, dreams and everything in-between, Rick Massie brings to life a compelling ensemble of creative compositions across each track on Guided To An Imperfect Light .

Track List:

1. Once Upon a Time… (3:29)

2. Counting the Stars (11:13)

3. Need (9:54)

4. Lullabye (15:15)

5. Moonlit Hallways (1:32)

6. The River (8:08)

7. Unity (8:30)


About Ulf Backstrøm (7437 Articles)
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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