The Jelly Jam – Prophet/Profit (2016)

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What do you get when you combine three (prog) rock/metal heavyweights? Of course, we do know a lot of super groups like Asia, Transatlantic, and Liquid Tension Experiment… But have we ever heard of The Jelly Jam? This album named Prophet/Profit is their fourth studio album, and I have to admit I never heard of them before.

Who are The Jelly Jam? They are a trio, and not just a random trio; Ty Harbor of King’s X on guitar and lead vocals, John Myung of Dream Theater on bass guitar, and Rod Morgenstein of Winger/The Dixie Dregs on drums and percussion. Is this something that you would consider as a super group? According to me it’s a big “Yes”!

When I heard the first track Care I found out that the music isn’t prog, but stoner/grunge rock! Very, very good stoner/grunge rock! I love it! It starts very quiet but breaks open after 25 seconds. Could be a great single for commercial radio (all tracks are commercial radio friendly in my opinion). Stain On The Sun is a calmer song compared to Care that still carries a heavy riff. Water carries that typical lingering grunge ambience. Heavy, slow riffs and drums. Stop is a more up tempo track, very plain and pleasant rock. The intro and intermediate pieces of Perfect Lines (Flyin’) sound like it could have been made by the band Tool, very well done! The bass of John Myung is very present in this track and has a very cool sound! The piano piece halfway comes as a big surprise in this song. Mr. Man also has a very awesome bass riff with a great sound. A dark song with a catchy chorus, and I really like the bombastic outro. Memphis is the shortest one on the album, a real ‘road trip’ track. Ghost Town is one of the more calmer tracks on the album, almost leaning towards soft rock, along with Heaven. Ty sings very tender. The outro of Heaven slowly fades out… But comes back as a fade in during the intro of the next track Permanent Hold, which is completely instrumental. It sounds like they are jamming (but what’s in a name?). Fallen is also a softer and slightly more romantic song. Strong Belief starts very laidback with a heavy undertone, a more heavier track compared to the previous tracks.

If you are a big fan of nineties heavy alternative music with a grunge/stoner core, than this is a must have! Slow, heavy and well thought guitar riffs. If you don’t like that kind of music, then you still have to consider to give this album a spin! This album is on repeat since I have it, and is going to be in my top 10 list of albums from the year 2016!

***** Iris Hidding

  1. Care (5:47)
  2. Stain On The Sun (3:08)
  3. Water (4:58)
  4. Stop (3:43)
  5. Perfect Lines (Flyin’) (3:38)
  6. Man (3:30)
  7. Memphis (2:49)
  8. Ghost Town (3:52)
  9. Heaven (3:54)
  10. Permanent Hold (3:19)
  11. Fallen (3:49)
  12. Strong Belief (3:32)

http://www.thejellyjam.com/

http://www.mascotlabelgroup.com/

You can read my review on Background Magazine:

http://backgroundmagazine.nl/CDreviews/TheJellyJamProphetProfit.html

You can listen to the track Care here:

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