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Sonica - The Sound That Fish Make

Sonica - The Sound That Fish MakeFrom Canada, this quintet certainly make a pleasant noise, and judging by the amount of downloads on, they are set to open a few eyes. This is their second album and it was released in March 2005, and it packs a nice punch with six songs.

On vocals is Kirsty Munroe, guitars are from Ted Hamelin Jr, bass is from Ian Everall, keys from Murray Taylor and drums are played by Todd Pretty, but the last three musicians are no longer in the group, so it will be interesting to hear the rhythm section as Kirsty has taken over on keyboards. So therefore, now down to a four-piece.

The thirty four minute album is a pleasing example of prog metal today, and the six songs have a nice feel and impressive lyrics. Kirsty has a voice which reminds me of Kate Bush and Toyah in certain places, but her voice is a little unique in many ways and it works well with the sound.

Sonica have a lot going on influence wise, I can pick out Van Der Graaf, King Crimson, but there is a strong Rush/Portishead/Faith No More in attack. The guitar riffs are a little on the metal side, but a nice sound all round.

Of the six tracks, I feel My Brain Hurts and opening track Artemis & Apollo stand out, with great playing and nice passages within the sound, and Kirsty's voice just adds the extra bite.

On the whole it is a good listen, and it is worth checking out the website for more information.

Danny Mayo



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