Sea of Tranquility Review

One Ton Project: Gizzards and Hearts
Gizzards and Hearts is the debut album on Battleground Records from One Ton Project who are out of Las Vegas and are described as, “boasting an incredible array of influences into a cohesive, seamless, and explosively creative blend of what the band self-describes as “a bountiful cocktail of sounds on an oasis of rhythms.” That’s actually a pretty accurate summation of the album which begins with what sounds like a jazz acetate from say, the 1920s and then twists and turns all over the shop for the rest of the album’s duration.

The obvious reference points are King Crimson and Frank Zappa (in his more “sensible” modes) mixed with say, Between the Buried and Me although occasionally as with “Backlight” more mainstream tendencies creep out (not exactly One Direction but just more straight ahead rock) but mostly this is intriguing grown up music which needs to be heard by as many people as possible.

Track Listing:

The Axeman 01:09
Deathjazz 03:12
The Difference 04:10
Blacklight 03:51
Protagonist 05:17
Right Through Me 04:07
6s & 7s 03:31
John The Clown 04:44
The Vineyard 05:09
Brother 04:49
Flight 13 03:51
Cadence 03:53
Added: June 18th 2015
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
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Language: english

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Battleground Records proudly announces the label’s next full-length label title and signing of Las Vegas-based dynamic rock quintet, One Ton Project.  Boasting an incredible array of influences into a cohesive, seamless, and explosively creative blend of what the band self-describes as “a bountiful cocktail of sounds on an oasis of rhythms,” One Ton Project is about to unload a record for fans of all realms of rock music.

Gizzards & Hearts released today May 5th, the 6-panel digipak CD HERE, limited 180-gram clear LP version HERE and digital HERE.  Gizzards & Hearts is also on iTunes, Amazon MP3, Spotify, Google Music Store and all relevant digital platforms.

Eleven years of musical experimentation and not settling for the safety inherent in the word “normal” will get you some interesting results; thus is certainly the case with One Ton Project. The aptly named troupe consists of five members with five different perspectives, but there is one common thread which binds all of these aspects together: creativity and pushing the envelope of musical endeavor further out from the center of conventional practice. And over the edge that proverbial envelope does indeed go, as evidenced on the band’s upcoming debut album, Gizzards & Hearts. Self-produced over the course of several years in the instrument crowded warren of the band’s own studio, the uniquely unorthodox recording possesses a variety of sound so mercurial, it is impossible to nail One Ton Project down with the constrictive restraints of any one genre. Traditional rock structures and soulful vocal patterns flow into the pulsing rhythms of reggae, jazz breaks fuse with the sharp timbre of Eastern scales, and catchy hooks create sparks as they clash with progressive post-rock soundscapes and bluesy phrases.

The influences and flavors of the past shine brightly within the particular elixir that is the One Ton Project sound with each further sampling by the listener. Tuneful gemstones pried loose from the gilded throne of King Crimson are ground up and blended with a bit of Frank Zappa’s mad genius and a healthy serving of the eternal groove handed down to the present day by the titans of soul and R&B, all of which sets and gels comfortably under a healthy coating of modern rock varnish. Simultaneously bombastic and relaxed, yet consistently cohesive, the music speaks with many voices that more than one type of crowd could appreciate. One Ton Project pulls all of this off through a balanced approach of musicianship, songwriting, and painstaking attention to detail. Between three guitarists, three vocalists, a bassist, and a drummer, along with the colorful tones of unconventional instruments thrown in to the mix, the end result is the sound of a band making the music they love and taking their time to do so, without the pressure of being involved in the stream of trends and temporary satisfaction. Rather, the band has scratched out a stake on the shores of that ungovernable island of artistry where strange trips and weird dreams are brought to life through song.

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Daniel Fuller – drums, vocals

Brandon Desmond – guitars, vocals

Travis Mercer – lead vocals, guitars

Joe Munoz – guitars

Adam Sage – bass









Review – Hunter Young

Today’s newest puzzle piece in the ever expanding tapestry of metal is Gizzards & Hearts by out-there noise collective, One Ton Project.This album grabbed me from The Axeman intro, and never let me grab any air. One Ton Project specializes in a jazz progressive style that blends heavy and fucking deep groove into a blanket of wonderful. Jazz plays heavily into their style, with a loose sounding arrangement that captures emotions like a butterfly net. Their sound is completely tuned to perfection, with clean and heavy wending together over the 12 song record, and it’s going to instantly become a favorite. Right away, Protagonist is my favorite, as its a sad feeling to start, as OTP use some far away vocals, clean and absolutely perfect, and a simple if deep lick to sweeten the ear. When the song turns up, its just one of my all time favorites. The album is fairly long playing, with most songs longer than 3 and a half minutes, but the time doesn’t drag. Other really awesome cuts are John the Clown, Blacklight, Deathjazz  (has a very heavy intro, and then becomes a dulcet ode of lyrical beauty), and Flight 13.Their sound is akin to P.O.D., King’s X, Skindred, Sublime with talent instead of Rome, and a slower version of Protest the Hero or Between the Buried and me. Gizzards & Hearts is the perfect meld of jazz, progressive metal, and just soulful music. One Ton Project have a very particular way of playing something that just makes my heart happy, and my head nod along to the beat. It’s neither stupid simple or brutally complex, and allows the listener to enjoy a sensation of styles caressing the pleasure centers of the body and soul, you’ll find this album popping up on your playlists more and more. If you value a craft in the musical world, and want a band that has the chops to compete with ANY band out there, check out.