Elixironmute, EndOfSky [Rawkstars, Inc]

Having already held his own with avant-garde guitarists David Fiuczynski and Vernon Reid, New York City’s Steve Jenkins doesn’t need to prove anything in terms of what he can handle.
By Bryan Beller ,

Having already held his own with avant-garde guitarists David Fiuczynski and Vernon Reid, New York City’s Steve Jenkins doesn’t need to prove anything in terms of what he can handle. That didn’t stop him from taking on 19-year-old guitarist/prodigy Jordan Ferreira’s latest project ElixirOnMute, whose hyperkinetic brand of progressive metal—with extended song forms and stopon- a-dime section changes aplenty—owes much to the Mars Volta. Volta alumnus Thomas Pridgen himself is on drums, and he made the right call in referring Jenkins, who employs a fuzzy/gritty overdrive to navigate the schizophrenic landscape with no shortage of chops or guts. Nasty riffs, wacked-out time signatures, and terrifying unison riffs abound (“Elixir” is the best example of all three simultaneously). Bottom line, Jenkins busts his butt on this crazy material and handles it like a pro. But we knew he could do that. Ironically, it’s the melodic content of Jenkins’s lines during the non-riff-driven passages in “Saints” and “Angel” that stand out the most amidst the chaos. There’s plenty more than just chops and math-rock proficiency at work here. (P.S. to the producer: Any bassist working this hard should get a little more love in the mix!)