Hey everyone, I’m going to be on TV…again!, Friday 29th at 9:40 pm on channel 191 (Truth Music Directory). That’s on Sky
January 26, 2013
Hey, check out my new music video, it has a stoned witch, a drumming, dancing gimp and me!
January 20, 2013
Filler Reviewed on progressiverockbr.com!
Filler review below, check it out! New material coming soon.
THE CASSINI PROJEKT – “Filler”
The Cassini Projekt is back to this webzine once again to promote a new album, called “Filler”. The Cassini Projekt is a one-man band founded by Alex Mc Donnell (guitars, piano, keyboards, drums, bass, and vocals) – a young musician with a true Rock attitude – who aimed to create unbounded music to express his personal points of view. Mc Donnell is guided by a desire of experimenting and having fun, and was largely influenced by “Radiohead”, “Queen”, “Nine Inch Nails”, “The Mars Volta”, “The Darkness”, “Charlotte Hatherley”, “Led Zeppelin”, “The Prodigy”, “At the Drive-In”, “Coldplay”, “Goldfrapp”, “Opeth”, “Animals as Leaders”, “Badly Drawn Boy”, “Dragonforce”, “Pulp”, “Yeah Yeah Yeahs”, “Interpol”, and “Tool”. On his previous album – the self-made CDR titled “Blind Vision” (2008, Firebird Records – reviewed in 2011 at PR&PM), Mc Donnell achieved the goal of mixing his influences into really weird and crazy songs that defied all conventional tags, mixing several different trends, from Metal and Punk to Progressive, Pop-Rock, Space-Rock and Experimental Music. On “Filler” (2012, Firebird Records), which is The Cassini Projekt’s second self-produced album, Mc Donnell brought in new musical influences from the ’90s, incorporating different genres and styles like Doom Metal, Death Metal, Progressive Rock, Rap, Punk, Electronica, Grunge, Dance, Alternative and Stoner Rock. The lyrics talk about world war, the psychology of imperialists, the apocalypse, alienation from the universe, political corruption, the nature of consciousness, universal axioms and human evolution. being not directed to the timid listener. A greater influence from “Metallica’s” album “And Justice For All” is heard on the tracks, together with some raging aggressiveness that recalls bands like “Alice In Chains”, “Korn”, “Nirvana”, “Jane’s Addiction”, “Rage Against The Machine”, “Porcupine Tree” and “Black Sabbath”. “Filler” contains 11 tracks, and represents a bitter and ferocious critic to our culture and world around it. The songs are guitar & vocals driven, have twists and changes of pace, and are far better arranged and produced than on the previous album “Blind Vision”. There are many highlights on this album. The explosive opening song “Citadel of Sorrow” (6:22) is driven by Hard Rock guitars, British Metal attitude; has vocal parts that recall “Jane’s Addiction” and some baroque guitar solos. The long track “Leviathan: The Song of Woe” (9:12) – is a Dark & Heavy Progressive piece pervaded by some Psychedelic parts, marked by icy pianos, tribal bass and unexpected drum solo, being like a mix of “Porcupine Tree”, “Pink Floyd”, and “Black Sabbath”. The weirdest, heaviest and most aggressive tracks are “IAO” (8:48) – which blends electronic effects with a “Metallica” & “Megadeth” Thrash-Metal frame, adding Punk vocals, space-guitars, and having a great twist in the middle for the coming of soaring progressive parts before the great guitar solo that plunges the song into a final apocalyptical madness – and “The Jackal” (6:17) – which is a strange hybrid of “Hendrix”, “Megadeth” and “NIN”, having some epic parts and few growling vocals. The most progressive tracks are “Polybius” (5:17) – which explores the post-Punk sound of “DEVO”, “The Cure”, and “NIN”, being immersed in thick layers of guitars; and “Ziggurat” (5:04) – a soaring Ambient track that closes the album. But what makes “Filler” an interesting album to be further explored, is the musical variation it contains. Aside from the commented tracks, the listener may also get hooked by the distorted and groovy Stoner-Rock guitars of “The End of Everything” (5:08); levitate over the Space-Electronic pulsing beats and keyboards of “Anti Human” (5:12) – a song driven by a robotic voice; or even mosh into the energetic pool of the frantic Punk-Metal “Profit from Doom” (3:51). Or you rather prefer to spit out political slogans with the half-Rap & half-Grunge “Infernalis” (3:44) (a song that recalls “Rage Against The Machine”); or simply calm it down by listening to the lighter and melodic Alternative mainstream Rock “False Dawn” (3:36). In sum, by blending new influences of Alternative Rock, Metal, Electronica, and Progressive Rock to its primary sound, The Cassini Projekt walked many steps farther in “Filler” in relation to its first album, without abandoning its original desire for going beyond the regular musical patterns. Still not indicated for the regular Progressive Rock fan, The Cassini Project is from now on recommended for fans of “Metallica”, “Megadeth”, “Alice In Chains”, “Korn”, “Nirvana”, “Jane’s Addiction”, “Rage Against The Machine”, “Porcupine Tree”, “Black Sabbath”, “Nine Inch Nails”, and “The Prodigy”. Only band member involved in The Cassini Projekt is: Alex Mc Donnell – vocals, guitars, piano, keyboards, drums, and bass… (Comments by Marcelo Trotta)
March 19, 2012
Hey, my music will be played on Phantom FM 105.2, on Metal Notes, which runs from 10-12. Check it out.
March 13, 2012
The latest album by Projekt, Filler, is an intense mix of hard rock, progressive rock and metal and is out now as a free download!
Lyrically Filler explores themes of world war, the psychology of imperialists, the apocalypse, alienation from the universe and political corruption. Lyrics for all the songs from the album can be found on Wordpress and Jamendo. A promotional video for “Citadel of Sorrow”, a track from Filler, can be viewed at http://youtu.be/wL5A88cuxwY.
February 3, 2012
This album was completed in 2008 and was released in a sense on VOX, a blogging site which has since ceased operations. With this in mind The Cassini Projekt undertook to release it on Last FM and Soundcloud. (http://soundcloud.com/the-cassini-projekt/sets/blind-vision-part-1).
Eoin Leonard supplied bass on Ho-Down and it was mostly written during University and immediately after the completion of the composers degree and so the songs are to some extent reflective of that. For example Cold Stare’s lyrical themes, about a kleptomaniacal vampire female who develops a crush on the narrator, is largely evocative of the pre-occupations of two 2nd year college students. By contrast, Blind Vision concerns instant gratification culture, deceit in the political system and the consensus people give to live in a 9-5 labour market society and was composed after college when the band member was working. Similarly Fail is a condemnation of group think and is nihilistic and misanthropic in atmosphere.
However silliness is never far as in the case of a song like White Blood concerning transcendence and power through the self destructive consumption of excessive amounts of cocaine or with Ho-Down, which is basically a parody of Prince and Justin Timberlake songs. The music was recorded using a Fosters 287 multitracker which is around 20 years old and semi functioning. It was connected to a computer essentially as a means of recording audio in Sonar. Therefore the technology involved was primitive.