Universal Solvent

  1. Free
  2. Another Demanding Dream
  3. The Scientist
  4. Structure
  5. Hypotheses
  6. Information Control
  7. Oracle
  8. Foreboding News
  9. Cataclysm
  10. Pyramids II
  11. Polar Shift
  12. Heavy Water

Charles Mahoney: Drums, Vocals
Matt B. Mahoney: Electric Guitars, Fretless 6-string Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Pianet, Vocals
Faris Albayya: Drums (track 8), Vocals (tracks 1, 4, 8, 10, 12)
Brian Arnold
: Percussion
(tracks 1, 5, 6, 11)
Bethany Bray: Trombone (tracks 7 and 8 )
Anthony DeRoche: Drums (track 7)
Patrick Dorion: Vocals (tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12)
Harvey Finstein: Keyboard (track 11)
Matt Finstein: Trombone (tracks 9, 10, 11, 12)
Paul Flemming: Trombone (tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
Jon Gauvain: Lead Guitar (track 9)
Tapley Jackson: Congas (track 12)
Jeeves Leblanc: Lead Guitar (track 2)
Steve Meitner: Alto Saxophone (all tracks)
Kevin Miller: Drums, Percussion (track 2)
Kristine Munroe-Mahoney: Vocals (tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 12)
Bucky O’Hare: Lead Guitar (tracks 4 and 6)
Eric Sigel: Trumpet (all tracks)
Shannon Sullivan: Piccolo Trumpet (track 7), Trumpet (tracks 1, 2, 12)
Cooper White: Baritone Saxophone (tracks 7, 11, 12)

Element: Water

Color: Blue

Season: Winter

Of Note: Universal Solvent (US), the third in the Legends set, was the first album that WTH used a horn section on.  This proved to be a real scheduling challenge, but well worth the effort.  WTH used a total of 18 guest musicians on this album.

The US story line is as follows:
The album opens up with an emphatic declaration of freedom from the alien oppression experienced in Deus Ex Machina: Metallum. Three factions quickly arise from the ensuing anarchy: scientific, religious, and government.  Each group focuses on their own interpretation of what will enable the civilization to flourish rapidly.  However, there are clear divisions that separate them, almost to the point of exclusion.  Yet, advancements are made despite the disagreements.
The civilization develops at an astounding pace to levels almost unimaginable.  And then… things start crashing down.  Concern develops about a rapidly approaching cosmic body (comet?) that is calculated to nearly miss Earth.  Only here, in the twilight hours of civilization, do the three groups unite to attempt to thwart total destruction.  Alas, for most, this effort is too late.  The comet passes, a polar shift occurs, and the ice caps fall into the sea, causing mass flooding.  A very small percentage of the population escapes on boats, but the vast majority of the people are washed away in the universal solvent along with their hopes and dreams.




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