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Monday, March 12, 2012

Sonic Elements 5-song EP XYZ: A Tribute To Rush
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Sonic Elements - XYZ: A Tribute to RushA couple of years back Sonic Reality released their Neil Peart series drum sample instrument library Neil Peart Drums Volume 1: The Kit. It features drum samples from Neil Peart himself and was produced with the help of Rush producer Nick Raskulinecz. Over the last several months Sonic Reality's Dave Kerzner has been working with a number of artists on a prog-rock project called Sonic Elements which utilizes the drum samples from Neil Peart Drums Volume 1 to create cover versions of several Rush tracks and tracks from other prog-rock artists. The project just announced via their Facebook page over the weekend that they'll be releasing a 5-song EP of these Rush covers called XYZ: A Tribute To Rush on April 21, 2012 (4.21.12) digitally and as a limited-edition CD. The featured tracks will be Tom Sawyer, Red Barchetta, YYZ, Limelight and a bonus track titled Trifecta. The performers include Rik Emmett (Triumph), John Wesley (Porcupine Tree), Billy Sherwood (Yes), Randy McStine, Matt Dorsey, Dave Kerzner and Neil Peart Drums from Sonic Reality. Trifecta is an original track written by Billy Sherwood and Dave Kerzner that uses the drum track from YYZ. You can listen to samples from the project below or on SoundCloud, and to keep up on their progress follow them on Facebook. Thanks to Eric at Power Windows for the heads up.

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#9 - Posted 3/13/12 @5:44AM by flimbo

Rush lost it all after Hold Your Fire! In the 6 albums since then they have produced about 1 or 2 tracks worth listening to per album. Enough for just 1 albums worth of material.
#8 - Posted 3/13/12 @5:40AM by flimbo

They all sound like shit. Stop being such Rush "fanboys" and get real.
#7 - Posted 3/12/12 @7:18PM by musicofthespheres [contact]

The drums sound great!

Hearing a voice other than Ged's is always the toughest for me to get used to. Never heard of Randy McStine, but he actually sounds good on Limelight.
#6 - Posted 3/12/12 @2:55PM by LanceTheShred [contact]

It's incredible how you can feel and hear all the individual artist's particular styles in these pieces. Picked up Emmett, Wesley and Sherwood's immediately.

Not bad. Not bad at all!!

#5 Damn Buckle Man! Obsessed with this band are ya?? I would consider myself a casual fan. Hope they play that song called Tom Sawyer next tour..........;)
#5 - Posted 3/12/12 @2:42PM by 1-2-bucklemyshoe [contact]

While this looks interesting, I WANT TO HEAR CLOCKWORK ANGELS!!!!!!!!

NOW!!!!!

NOW!!!!!

NOW!!!!

(whew, glad I got that out of my system)

(Can you tell I am looking forward to the new album?)
#4 - Posted 3/12/12 @12:25PM by patrush

I was pleasantly pleased with some of these covers.
#3 - Posted 3/12/12 @12:13PM by seekingthegroove [contact]

TRIFECTA! "That's nice"
#2 - Posted 3/12/12 @11:49AM by tamayok [contact]

Cool idea for sure.
#1 - Posted 3/12/12 @10:41AM by Runkerry

First baby!

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