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This month’s review is for the band YYNOT. They are an excellent Rush tribute band taking their name from the iconic Rush tune YYZ. A song Rush wrote about flying into Toronto Pearson International Airport.

This CD is an original endeavor from YYNOT and it absolutely crushes!  Totally crushing. I love and listen to all genres of rock, blues, fusion, etc.  At the end of the day, I’m a Prog/Hard Rock guy and this CD more than fulfills my appetite for such, as it will yours.YYNOT is Grammy nominated guitarist Billy Alexander who produces, mixes and writes the material on this superb CD, 20 year old singer/vocalist Rocky Kuner, Joel Stevenett on drums and our own local bassist Tim Starace.  Other album credits are drummers Chris Moore and Tony Morra, plus violinist on the tune “The Curtain Falls” Macie Slick. Album is mastered by Bob Daspit (Sammy Hagar).
    So as always, you know the drill.  I open with the eyebrow raising stuff first.  Well, I can’t.  I am pleased to say, I can’t.  This CD is flawless. I am going to run out of adjectives sharing this review with you, but it is a testament on how good YYNOT is.
    This CD is unique from the get go. This whole album was recorded remotely with the exception of the drums. Laptops were used in their homes with the applicable software to make it work. Band members reside in California, Utah and Florida.
    Well, let’s get to the meat of the music.  I hear Yes, Presto Ballet, Dream Theater, Captain Beyond and of course, Rush for comparisons.  YYNOT is basically a power trio with a front singer/vocalist.  This means your rhythm section, i.e., bass and drums, must be spot on.  I can hear every note played by the bass and every kick of the bass drum here.  Tim Starace’s bass is reminiscent of Geddy Lee, Tim Bogart and the late Chris Squire (Yes). Drums remind me of Neil Peart and Mike Portnoy.  It is nice to hear a fine tuned drum kit.
The overall guitar playing is excellent.  Billy Alexander is a player who knows what “tone” is all about.  Equalization on all acoustic arrangements is perfect.  All overdrive is clean, not fuzzy. Any effects are timely used and embellish each song.  Nice to hear wah wah that doesn’t sound like a squawking duck!  Top notch player.
    Vocals?  Oh my!  I cannot say enough about Rocky Kuner. This young lady can flat out sing. Bebe Rexha, Camila Cabello, Minnie Riperton and a young Celine Dion come to mind. Yes, she is that good.
    Some quick notes on the tracks. Check out the bass lick at 03:31 and bass outro on “Hour Glass”.  The lead guitar starting at 02:24 on “Invisible Heart” is very tasteful and the rhythm section is smoking hot.  On “Etheria” there is a nice reverse effect at 00:04 and check the drum lick at 03:33.  If the vocals on “To Come Back Home” don’t make your heart skip a beat or two, you have no pulse!  Nice synth intro and the cymbals in the background add a nice touch.  I also hear a barely noticeable one note guitar slide at 02:16.  Great production.  The intro of “Kingdom Come” evoked a little chuckle from me.  You will have to purchase the CD to hear it!  Bass and drums are ungodly in sync.  Listen to the time signature starting at 03:44.  The wah wah lead at 04:08 does not get any better.  I can only say “WOW!” about “The Curtain Falls”.  It is my favorite track.  I have never heard a change so precise than the stop/go at the 02:22 mark on “Another Trip Around the Sun”.  Another awesome vocal effort on “Run on Love” with a subtle phaser/flanger effect starting at the 01:45 mark.  The self named track “YYNOT” is laden with good stuff.  Cool guitar volume swells at 01:58 and another great wah wah lead at 02:52.  Drums and bass just kill it on this track.
    In conclusion, there is not one bad song on this CD, folks.  All tracks are exceptionally well produced and totally rock!  YYNOT absolutely smokes.  I cannot say enough good things about them.  
    YYNOT will be playing locally at the Eau Gallie Civic Center in Melbourne June 8th starting at 8pm. I hope to see you at this show.

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