Crush of Night features a guest appearance by Gary Green of Gentle Giant on ‘Words and Miracles’ (electric guitar, guitar solos and backing vocals) and ‘The Crush of Night’ (guitar solo). The album includes a 26-minute epic titled ‘Crush of Night.’
“We started recording some of the tracks for this album at the same time we were working on The Darkened Room, so there is definitely a strong sense of continuity between the two albums,” notes keyboardist and vocalist Tom Galgano. “At the same time, as we developed the pieces for Crush of Night, it began to take on its own identity and in many ways is completely different from what was heard on the last IZZ record.”
The 26-minute suite, ‘Crush of Night’, is divided into two tracks, This Reality and The Crush of Night. Serving as the musical, lyrical and emotional centerpiece for the album, this piece brings together the struggle that surrounds one’s search for meaning. The ‘Crush of Night’ piece runs a musical panorama, weaving melodic and rhythmic themes with innovative and fresh diversity.
Gary Green joined the band in the recording process. “Having Gary come to the studio and record with us was an amazing experience,” says IZZ bassist John Galgano. “Gary came in and not only added his signature guitar playing, but also contributed to the writing, added a few blistering solos and even sang backing vocals on Words and Miracles. It is a great honor to have Gary playing alongside us on this record and we know that fans of Gary will enjoy the guitar artistry that he’s added to this IZZ record.”
The IZZ line-up for Crush of Night is:
Paul Bremner: electric and acoustic guitar
Anmarie Byrnes: vocals
Brian Coralian: electronic and acoustic drums and percussion
Greg DiMiceli: drums and percussion
John Galgano: bass guitar, acoustic/electric guitar, vocals
Tom Galgano: keyboards, vocals
IZZ will kick off the release of Crush of Night with a full-band live performance at the New Jersey Proghouse (www.njproghouse.com) on April 22 and will follow up this show with an appearance at the Terra Incognita Festival in Quebec City, Canada on May 19.
IZZ plans to announce more shows in support of Crush of Night for Fall 2012. The band will also return to the studio to continue work on the third and final chapter of this series of albums. In October 2011, IZZ released their first live DVD, IZZ Live.
In other news, bassist John Galgano is in the final stages of mixing his first solo album and guitarist Paul Bremner continues recording his new solo album.