FYI!!! http://www.nexternal.com/dgm/Product818 Destroying Silence - An Introduction To Veneto West Records (VW06-01CD) Featuring Pat Mastelotto,Tony Levin, Mike Keneally and more. $9.99 Destroying Silence - An Introduction To Veneto West Records Ronan Chris Murphy who many of you might know from his work as a producer, engineer and/or mixer for the likes of Steve Morse, Bozzio Levin Stevens, the CGT and over a dozen releases by King Crimson has started a new label focused on hard jazz, prog and experimental new music, or as Murphy describes it "High brow music with a punk rock spirit" "Destroying Silence: An introduction to Veneto West Records:" is a new compilation distributed exclusively through Inner Knot featuring Anthony Curtis, Willie Oteri, Lives of the Saints (Murphy with Bill Forth of 10 seconds), Jay Terrien and Italian band Hypnoise. Many of these artists are supported on this 13 song CD by some of the best names in Progressive rock including Tony Levin (5 songs), Pat Mastelotto (5 Songs) Mike Keneally (4 songs) Jeff Gauther (2 songs) and many others. For more info check out www.venetowest.com TRACKS 1. Gallabalba - Anthony Curtis 2. Ruins - Anthony Curtis 3. Not Salad!!! - Willie Oteri 4. Sundial /Spiral Out - Willie Oteri 5. Ephrain Walks In - Willie Oteri 6. Black Metal Boys Are So Pretty Without the Make-Up Ð Lives of the Saints 7. The Most Beautiful Lie You Ever Told Ð Lives of the Saints 8. Latex Sketches for the Leather Hearse Ð Lives of the Saints 9. Paralee Sleeps Ð Lives of the Saints 10. Double Entendre Ð Jay Terrien 11. Judging by the Size of Carnie Ð Jay Terrien 12. Upon a Golden Hill - Hypnoise 13. The Ocean - Hypnoise ANTHONY CURTIS: Anthony Curtis - guitar, oud Tony Levin - bass Lewis Pragasam - drums Jeff Gauthier - violin Mike Keneally - Fender Rhodes?Ronan Chris Murphy - harmonium WILLIE OTERI: Willie Oteri - guitar Tony Levin - bass Pat Mastelotto - drums Ephraim Owens - trumpet Mike Keneally - Fender Rhodes Ronan Chris Murphy - Fender Rhodes LIVES OF THE SAINTS: Ronan Chris Murphy - guitar Bill Forth - guitar JAY TERRIEN: Jay Terrien - bass Pat Mastelotto - drums and programming Ronan Chris Murphy - H3000 mangling HYPNOISE: P. Mike III - guitar, keys, vocals Sanze - bass Frez - drums All tracks Produced & Mixed by Ronan Chris Murph Review: "Destroyng Silence: An introduction to Veneto West Records" by Donato Zoppo How to Destroy Silence: An interesting proposition by Ronan Chris Murphy, prestigious musician, and one of the better known producers and sonic manipulators in the world. An ambitious objective, if we consider that in silence there is the sense of things, nature, and ourselves, but Murphy knows what he is doing and organizes a beautiful CD compilation with the jewels from the Veneto West stable of artists. Veneto West is a brand new label founded by Ronan, inspired by labels such as ECM and distributed by Inner knot. With this compilation as the labels introduction to the world, this looks to be a very promising new label. Even with such an exceptional set of artists, it is more than the individual names on the album, it's the intoxicating atmosphere of the work. A mix of progressive, jazz rock, and sonic research, with a punk spirit and Zappa-esque philosophyÊcombined with skill and ability. This is the role of a good producer, to allow artistic freedom while pushing the creativity of every single artist to find that unique element, that unique beacon on the sea of international discography. The artists included in "Destroying Silence" are an interesting calling card. Eccentric guitarist Anthony Curtis takes advantage of a collaboration with Tony Levin and Mike Keneally on three tracks of cool jazz-rock which is reminiscent of a more psychedelic free-form Crimson. Another great guitarist on Veneto WestÕs team is Willie Oteri: with the same band. (but with Pat Mastelotto on drums in place of Lewis Pragasam), creates rock-jazz from the bitter and rough tones, something like Miles-esque atmospheres to groovy Zeppelin sounds. Also fascinating is the "Live Of The Saints" project, with Murphy and Bill Forth on guitars, kind of an updated version of Fripp & Eno, an ambient music rich in surrealistic and grotesque textures. Jay Terrien is a curious bass player, who in trio with Mastelotto and Murphy gives us a techno-rock that is both audacious and futuristic, made of sonorous spider webs and endless loops. A great end to the album is one of Italy's most promising bands, Hypnoise: with their second album soon to be released on Veneto West Records, their psychedelic prog is ready to get new, musically adept, fans as testified by two intense and bold songs on "Destroying Silence." Veneto West is not only a label: it is an arena of artists, and area of exchange, and a crossroads of new languages. Welcome.