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Music Review: Tadashi Goto – Innervisions

Innervisions is the long awaited follow up to California based Tadashi Goto’s 2005 album Soundscapes. For this release he has gathered together an impressive collection of highly regarded guests. The result is an album of breathtaking pace, and near relentless energy.

The guests include world renowned bass player Tony Levin (Tony Levin Band, King Crimson, John Lennon, Peter Gabriel, Alice Cooper, and a whole host of other credits), guitarist Chris Poland (Megadeth), and Tony Franklin (Whitesnake, The Firm) and many others of similar standing. 

Guitarist Ty Tabor (Kings X) guests and also mastered the album. To boast such a wealth of guest talent indicates how other muso’s view Tadashi's growing status.

Tadashi was born in 1976 and grew up listening to classical music. This inspired him to learn to play piano and to start writing his own compositions. He listened to the likes of ELP, Yes, and prog fusion bands as his own ideas began to take shape. He later became interested in jazz rock through meeting Danny Schwekendiek, a renowned jazz pianist.

Whilst in Newcastle, Australia he released his debut Soundscapes. The album quickly gathered momentum attracting attention and some positive reviews. This has helped him gather an impressive cast of guests around him for the recording of Innervisions (ProgRock Records, 2008). 

More recently Tadashi has developed an interest in metal especially bands like Metallica, and Megadeth. Innervisions is a trip through complex tracks featuring some extraordinary keyboard playing from Tadashi himself. 

It opens with “Karma” which assaults your senses with high octane efficiency. All of the influences are here, jazz fusion, jazz rock, prog metal, metal, all showcased by searing keys and quality musicianship. The complexity, and intensity tapped into here is, at times, breathtaking.

“The Cycle Of Suffering” carries on a recurring theme within the album with a driving guitar, distant voice over, and power drumming that moves through a myriad of time changes. “Inner Circle” provides a temporary breather with a lush keyboard opening, surreal voices, and a journey into his futuristic musical vision.

It moves seamlessly into the quite extraordinary “The Deepest Depression”. It never lets go of your senses and never opts for the safe line. With work like this Tadashi has produced a scintillating, powerful work of prog fusion whilst showing that he really was listening to Keith Emerson.

The recurring themes of “Werther Effect”, and the jazz styling of the soothing “Inner Peace”, maintain the intrigue. “The Darkest Years” hits the metal, whilst “Flow Like Water” does exactly what the title says it will.

“The Night of Destruction” threatens, whilst “Liberal Paradox”, and “Never Free”, tease, taunt, and thrill. "Liberal Paradox" exudes a huge quantity of unpredictable energy that escapes from the speakers. "Never Free" takes up the challenge with a creative track that swirls around a recurring theme that works on every level. 

The album ends with one of its easier tracks, “The Spirits Within”, complete with a haunting female voice creating a nice balance above and beyond the energy that went before.

It is a fascinating musical adventure and one that most definitely grows. With every play your senses lock into something new, something previously unnoticed.

It will be interesting to see where Tadashi takes this to next.

In the meantime have a look and a listen on his MySpace page.

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