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Jason Rubenstein has been writing and producing music since 1995. His latest release, "New Metal From Old Boxes" is a return to his progressive-rock roots with a loud, heavy, energetic and modern suite of instrumentals that evoke KING CRIMSON, EMERSON, LAKE AND PALMER, NINE INCH NAILS, and classical music.

Written, performed and produced by Jason, it is a change in style from his previous mixed-genre CDs. "I love progressive rock.", Jason said,I grew up on it, and I was in a prog-rock band in the 80s, back when prog really was not cool. Recently, I needed to hear new music that carries forward the heavier, 20th-century-classical progressive-rock sound. It was a challenge; nothing felt quite right to me. For "New Metal From Old Boxes", I just wrote what I felt, and used a limited set of classic textures: piano, Hammond B3, huge drums, Oberheim and Moog synthesizers, and bass & guitar.

"New Metal From Old Boxes" features classic, loud rock production and a movie-like tension-filled soundtrack vibe. Imagine if King Crimson, ELP, NIИ, WENDY CARLOS, and PHILIP GLASS got together to score the soundtrack for a heist movie.

Jason Rubenstein's music has been heard on National Public Radio, NBC Television,, and in the film "Replicant". In 2000, he was featured in an EQ magazine article "Adventures in Sound Design", and his sound design was used in ABC's television series "Lost". In March of 2014, Jason released an EP titled "This is Not a Love Letter".

"New Metal From Old Boxes" is his sixth release.

Rubenstein, who'd previously worked as a software engineer at Google and at Pono Music, suddenly found himself unemployed in late 2013. He started working on "New Metal For Old Boxes" the next day, writing one song per day for 30 days. I'd been running the engineering for Pono Music for three years when the whole project hit its nadir. We all got laid-off. The very next day, at 7am, I fired up my home studio and started writing music. No wasting time. I wrote one song every day, not worrying about whether it was any good - I just wrote whatever I wanted to hear. Every day, I literally asked myself What do I want to hear? What am I feeling right now?? and I went and wrote whatever that was, Jason said. A lot of the process for writing came from the process for writing genre fiction: What happens? And what happens next? And what happens after that??. Every song tells a story of some sort, regardless of whether it has ...
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New Metal From Old Boxes

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New Metal From Old Boxes
Jason Rubenstein Heavy Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Metal / Heavy / RPI / Symph Prog Team

4 stars From his first experimental electronic release, Jason Rubenstein has made a radical move into heavy progressive rock. The heaviness doesn't come from the guitars, but the keyboards. There are some guitars here, but it's not obvious if it's programmed, like a synthesizer of if it's a real guitar. Nonetheless, it's the keyboards that are the main instrument. And they are played like a hammer hitting the dark note with repetitive notes that is a recurrent theme throughout the album. While this pattern is heard, there's another keyboards part that is playing at the same time with more symphonic melodies. The music is in the atmosphere of the dramatic style of Ars Nova and on some specific songs, like "The Snowflake Defines the Weather" and "Frankenstein on the Red line", in the style of Keith Emerson of ELP. The general dark mood of the music left some space sometimes to lighter jazz part with piano. The song "Unspeakable Highways" has that horror movie atmosphere that contains one of the most interesting grooves on the album. "A Burden of Secrets" is another standout track that has some lighter passages that I mentioned earlier. But the dark style being a recurrent them is still present. This is instrumental music that sounds like some soundtrack of your nightmare with no ballads, but heavy stuff that combines elements of the old school of progressive rock to some contemporary music of today. The album closes with no surprise here with a tasteful and faithful rendition of "The Barbarian" of ELP.
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