STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 79459-15398 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
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Reviewed by Andy Shaw
Doug Bowers is a veteran of the progressive rock scene having been playing professionally since the genre first rose to prominence in the '70s. KDB3 is the solo side-project of the Ad Astra frontman with almost all the instruments on 'Verite' being played or programmed by Doug himself. This album offers everything you would expect from a prog rock album with long, gradual intros, a wide range of different instrumentation, rising and falling dynamics and a song over 14 minutes ("Truth Suite"). There are also some nice guitar solos such as on "Rock & Roll Ghetto". This album does however attempt to bring some modern influence to the genre with some driving choruses right from the start on opener "New Life". If you are used to listening to major label artists' productions then this might sound a bit weak but it is certainly not a bad effort. Lyrically Doug talks openly and honestly about his faith but manages to avoid preaching at the listener. If you are into prog rock then KDB3 is well worth investigating.