Cast Zenith is the debut album from Los Angeles-based instrumental rock group Alizarin. Born out of the forward-thinking inclinations of guitarist Josh Kay, the album covers a wide spectrum of sonic landscapes and emphasizes the melodic journey over deliberate technique (though the album does offer plenty of head-imploding technical jargon for the speed fiends).
1- Faint Home
3- The Vast Enigma
4- The Window Afar
5- Cast Zenith
7- Luminous Apparition
Once you’ve placed a label on something it is given boundaries and progressive rock music does not escape this fate. What was once truly “progressive” is now a full-fledged genre, complete with expectations and etiquette. Alizarin is a band that does subscribe to the prog rock and metal realm, takes influence from the progenitors, but looks onward to fresher sounds.
Alizarin features Josh Kay on guitar, Jon Damon on drums, and Steve Ostaszewski on bass guitar. Additionally, keyboardist Adam Holzman (of Steven Wilson and Miles Davis fame) contributed his virtuosic abilities to their debut album as well. The result is a band of musicians who help keep progressive rock progressive. Consider if King Crimson and Opeth had a baby but were force to raise it outside the city, due to an overabundance of djentrification. This may be a place to start but Alizarin endeavors to create compelling music that defies rock expectations.
Born out of the forward-thinking inclinations of guitarist Josh Kay, Alizarin is an instrumental group with a mission to explore unconventional rock music. The trio is based in Los Angeles, CA and released their first full-length album, titled Cast Zenith, in July 2018. The album covers a wide spectrum of instrumental sonic landscapes and emphasizes the melodic journey over deliberate technique (though the album does offer plenty of head-imploding technical jargon for the speed fiends).
With their first recording in tow, the band is currently spreading their art around the Southern California area, but with larger events already in the works. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for them on social media and wherever the future of music lives.
Josh Kay – guitars
Jon Damon – drums
Steve Ostaszewski – bass guitar