Reviews & Quotes

Over the years we have received a lot of reviews from magazines, newspapers and websites.  Here are some excerpts from a few of them... 

A Breath of October

"... "Empty Shell" draws lyrical composition design from excellent artists such as This Mortal Coil.  "Tea for the Sleepless" captivates with a steady melodic flow and matching vocals approaching darkwave / ambient minimalism. "Pure" introduces more passionate, exuberant vocals, unleashing more aggressive lines of emotion over syncopated guitar accompaniment. "On with the Show" opens with more of the beautiful guitar work characteristic of A Breath of October."
-Jett Black, Gothic Beauty - Issue #8

"...Summerlin's bass propels most of the compositions which are rounded out quite nicely by Holly Williams' guitar, keyboards by Brandi Byrum and the steady drumming of Soumen Talukder...The band really hits stride on "Pure," a macabre 12-minute masterpiece that could have come straight out of Scandinavia where this sound thrives."
-Mark Newman, Progression Magazine - Issue #42


Sounds From the Gathering

"Cobweb Strange has matured considerably with "Sounds From the Gathering"". Stylistically, they take a refreshingly accessible approach to psych-influenced rock, adding a very slight touch of jazz...I really dug how the 11-minute "Sometimes the Shine Just Fades Away" shifted directions over lengthy instrumental passages, with Derik Rinehart's busy drums and Wade Summerlin's loping bass lines always in the foreground...Summerlin's vocals adopt a Jim Morrison-like inflection ("Solitude & the Hollow Promise") when he favors the lower registers, enhancing the band's darkly impressionistic lyricisms."
-John Collinge, Progression Magazine

"The only fair comparison that could be made is King Crimson, complex music with fascinating vocals, rhythms and melodies, changing constantly. 'Sounds from the Gathering' explores new directions within the progressive genre; it has a mellow feel to it and often slides into long almost psychedelic parts. The album consists of eight songs with a total playtime of 50 minutes, performed by this trio. Producer is Wade Summerlin, who also does the bass work and vocals. The brothers Derik and Keith Rinehart plays the drums and the electric guitars. The 10-minute long 'Sometimes the Shine Just Fades Away' seems like 6 songs in one, amusing, taking unexpected turns. The rhythm section, especially the bass-lines, never follows a single pattern, as progressive as it can get. 'I'd Give Everything', 'Thirteen', '…As the Sky Crumbles', 'Solitude & the Hollow Promise' and 'A Cup to Catch the Silence' follows, all great songs. This disc brings you back to the seventies progressive rock but in a new outfit, so to speak. Cobweb Strange is a band we will hear more of."
Christian Axén, Through Different Eyes  

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The Progressive Rock Radio Network has included a page about Cobweb Strange. Most of the information and all of the photos there can also be found on the Cobweb Strange site, but PRRN has audio from "Sounds From the Gathering" that is not here. To visit their site, click here: Progressive Rock Radio Network


The Temptation of Successive Hours

"...Cobweb Strange showed what a great and talented trio they are... I was most impressed with the complexity of their music and their ability to recreate live what they have achieved on their album..."
(part of a review of the Cobweb Strange performance at "A Midsummer Night's Dream" July 1997)
-Dave Martin, Nightmoves

"On Atlanta Based Cobweb Strange's new CD, The Temptation of Successive Hours, you can hear traces of Pink Floyd and Dream Theater...The three-piece band's instrumentation of guitar, bass and drums conjures up comparisons to other "Power Trios" like Rush, with the bass used as a primary instrument, not just rhythm."
-Music News Network

"...intricate, lyrical, progressive psychedelia influenced by King Crimson, Gentle Giant, Rush, Pink Floyd and Yes."
-Flagpole Magazine

"Eric Johnson immediately comes to mind with lead guitarist Burke's phrasing approach..."Temptation" is well mixed...Rinehart's drumming is crisp with concise emphasis placed on the top part of the set... Vocally, Wade is somewhere between Lou Reed and Randy California... The masterpiece on the disc is the seven-minute-long 'Astral Projection' divided into four parts with the ending section and 'The Nothing Beyond Time' as the denouement of the disc. In summary, Cobweb Strange aren't really strange, dark or creepy. They just have a different angle of direction than any other modern musicians seeking to establish their own identity."
-Jeff Melton, Expose Magazine - Issue #12

"...Cobweb Strange, a power trio that knows how to jam."
-Chris Caban, Atlanta Nights

"Cobweb Strange is a promising new band from Atlanta that plays alternately fiery and haunting psychedelic rock, suggesting a head-on collision between the Doors and Iron Maiden...Summerlin's bass and Burke's guitar are tightly arranged, lending a semi-symphonic foundation to the dark forebodings of Summerlin's lyrical fare... An effective piece of neo-psychedelia from a young group that should go far."
-John Collinge, Progression Magazine - Issue #20


Thoughts Under Glass EP

" art rock & jazz with a modern edge."
-Robby Johnson, Voice of the Industry

"I have seen few bands with the instrumental dexterity and songwriting ability of Cobweb Strange."
-Brian Valley, Prog Lines


Other Random Stuff

Below are a few links to sites with reviews of Cobweb Strange albums or interviews with band members:

Prog Visions (An interview with Cobweb Strange is in the interview section)

Music Street Journal

Progressive World (There are several Cobweb Strange reviews on this site)

Caladan (Hey, even the Beatles got bad reviews! This one isn't really bad, but I don't think we're their kind of band.)

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