atom strangeFrom New York comes prog-rockers Atom Strange who recently released a 12 track set entitled The Slot Cosmonaut. Band is: Rick Dunn (vocals), Alex Rude (Guitars), Vinnie LaRocca (Drums), Dave Kuhn (Bass).


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ATOM STRANGE formed in 2006 with musicians Alex Rude and Rick Dunn.
They shared a vision of forming a rock band that was inspired by science fiction, true life, and the absurd, and intentionally tries to avoid the clichés normally heard in the hard rock genre. ATOM STRANGE’s debut was released in July 2007. The juxtaposition of the odd but hook laden riffs with accessible melodies makes for what is now clearly the ATOM STRANGE sound. Right from the start it might be easy to just categorize these 4 as a straight ahead “dime a dozen” hard-prog-rockers and write them off as the newest trending band around New York. It wouldn’t be wise, though. Sure, if you listen to some of the more catchier moments within this 12 song line-up that’s the impression you might likely get. However I think there’s a method to their madness. There are some really well -crafted songs on this CD that dare to step outside the traditional rock music boundaries. Atom Strange are a quartet of hard rocking dudes, but the music they create is nevertheless high class all the way. Influences might be Hendrix, SRV, Tool, Foo Fighters, Coheed and Cambria, Muse, Nine Inch Nails, and Black Sabbath, it’s no surprise that Atom Strange confirms their dedicated prog-rock heritage. Moving forward, this band has a solid focus on crafting groovy-tripped out hard rock n’ roll as they evolve both as musicians and a band.

atom strange liveAs a vocalist let’s just say Dunn isn’t afraid to push the envelope a bit. Of course much of the music goes against the grain of traditional rock and as a result really opens up the CD. This enhances the listening experience rather than limit it for me. So there’s really not a lot about Atom Strange that’s “dime a dozen” is there. Zeroing in on their sound – these guys are obviously experienced at performing, producing and writing dynamic music, but how the music is delivered (speaker to ear) makesthem stand out from other artists and bands. I mean we take a lot for granted between the lines and notes. Although some would claim there’s nothing here that hasn’t been done before – if you listen to the songs carefully the devil is in the details. It’s had to explain but each song capture strong musical synergy that exists on this CD. Perhaps all of this and more is why a band like Atom Strange is on our radar screens in the first place. Forgive me if I’m talking in circles – but some bands and artists can deliver music that’s pretty straight forward, conservative and painfully simple – yet brilliant in scope.

Top Track is “Space Man.”

I wish Dunn really let loose on vocals on some of the rough and tumble parts. Let’s hear that blood curling scream!

Despite this they are remarkably clean and tight sounding band. Atom Strange is a one of a kind release from a one of a kind band that’s closely tied to new age rock like Tool, Muse on steroids, Tomahawk, Fantomas and Peeping Tom. But there’s a more classic hard rock to them as well – like Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Loveage, Primus and Screaming Trees.


Rodney Kipp