NIACIN: Audio Samples Of Entire ‘Krush’ Album

After a seven-year hiatus, instrumental neo-fusion supergroup NIACIN — featuring legendary bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, STEVE VAI, DAVID LEE ROTH), world-renowned drummer Dennis Chambers (SANTANA, PARLIAMENT/FUNKADELIC) and acclaimed keyboardist John Novello (CHICK COREA, RITCHIE COLE) — will release its sixth studio album, “Krush”, in North America on April 2. The artwork (see below) was designed by Brian Ames (KING DIAMOND, ARCH/MATHEOS, KING’S X) and coincides impeccably with the band’s kinetic 14-track release.

Due on April 2 voa Prosthetic Records, “Krush” was recorded at Clear Lake Studios (NO DOUBT, BLACK VEIL BRIDES, INTRONAUT) in North Hollywood with engineer Ara Sarkisian (STEEL PANTHER) and was mixed and mastered by Dino Herrmann (SCORPIONS, GUNS N’ ROSES, MEAT LOAF).

“Krush” track listing:

01. Krush
02. Tone Wheels
03. Stormy Sunday
04. Low Art
05. Car Crash Red
06. Electorcity
07. Cold Fusion
08. Majestic Dance
09. Prelude Funky Opus
10. The Gnarly Shuffle
11. Drifting
12. Sly Voltage
13. That’s The One!
14. Triple Strength

30-second audio snipets of all the tracks on the album can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.

The moniker NIACIN — the common name of the vitamin B3 — refers to the integral musical role played by the Hammond B-3 organ in shaping the band’s sound, described by All Music Guide as “part acid jazz, part progressive rock, and part jazz-rock fusion.” Inspired by the likes of RETURN TO FOREVER and the MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA, the group released their debut album in 1996 on Stretch, the label of jazz legend Chick Corea (who later wrote and performed on a track on NIACIN‘s second album). With each member already firmly established in their respective genres, the band set out to form a new sound combining their jazz and rock roots, mixed with inspiration from B-3 legends such as BLIND FAITH, Keith Emerson, Jon Lord (DEEP PURPLE), and Ken Hensley (URIAH HEEP). As the buzz spread, the group toured the world periodically over the following decade, during which they released four additional critically acclaimed albums featuring such notable guests as Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION) and TOTO guitarist Steve Lukather.

For the last several years, the individual members of NIACIN have worked steadily on various other projects — Chambers, for example, continues to serve as the musical anchor for Carlos Santana‘s ongoing Las Vegas residency — but in 2012, the group reconvened for the first time since 2006 to write and record “Krush”.



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