The members of the Aristocrats have been part of the aristocracy of rock instrumentalists for quite some time. The fact that two of the three participants (Guthrie Govan and Marco Minnemann) are part of Steven Wilson's band is to be understood as a stroke of nobility. But the credits from bassist Bryan Beller (Mike Keneally, Steve Vai) are also impressive. In the second album "Culture Clash", the threesome again offers a mixture of fusion sounds and technical cabinet pieces. "Dance Of The Aristocrats" is almost straight with its funky bass line, while crimsonesk Verwirbeltes is crossed with Verquer-Beats on the title track and Guthrie Govan lets the guitar jubilate bluesrockily before he goes into jazzy waters. The uptempo-singer "Louisville Stomp", which even touches on gypsy jazz, shows that the three gentlemen sometimes have a joker on their backs. Although tracks like "Desert Tornado" and "Living The Dream" would gain even more format through stronger themes, "Culture Clash" (also available with DVD) still offers high-quality fusion rock.
Top track: Dance Of The Aristocrats