Ben Gleason: vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards, synthesizers
Justin Mirarck: drums
Riley Selleck: bass
Release date: 01 March 2019
Source has become a mainstay with past and present members of the Metal Nexus staff. Starting with the first listen to “Memories of Yesterday” when they were first covered as a State of the Art band for Colorado back in April of 2016, through tour coverage, multiple interviews, album reviews, video introductions and King of Strings honors, Source is one of those special bands that we just cannot shake. Their masterpiece debut album Return to Nothing even gleaned top honors for my Best Album of the Year in 2016. There was not even any competition, in my humble opinion, even though my long-time heroes Metal Church dropped their long awaited XI and Aleah Stanbridge’s final album with Trees of Eternity before her untimely passing entitled Hour of the Nightingale were released the same year. Return to Nothing still mesmerizes and moves me, often to tears, depending on the mood. All things considered, it is probably one of my all time favorite albums and has still not grown long in the tooth after three years. It is my sage haven anymore. That said, what about their most recent release Totality? Read on…
Well, I have been absent for a while now, but I will always put in extra effort to make time for some of my favorite bands and people. Of course, my man from Source, Ben Gleason ranks among the top of these aforementioned groups, so when given the opportunity for another interview, I immediately jumped at it. Our story goes back a couple of years now when I was sideswiped and flattened by Source’s music during our State of the Art: Colorado series. Love at first listen, shall we say. Little did I know that my freshman article would spurn a great friendship with this uber-talented group of fine musicians that has been enormously valuable to me personally and professionally. After multiple interviews, show reviews, album reviews, naming their debut, Return to Nothing the Best Album of 2016 and recently crowning bass player Dan Crisafulli as one of our Kings of Strings, I am happy to bring you an inside look at the most current goings-on for a band I would rank as one of the best in the world. One listen to these guys and you will understand exactly what I am talking about. Be fortunate enough to meet them and you will love them even more. Curious? Want to learn more? Read on my friends…
For my fourth King of Strings I will be spotlighting Dan Crisafulli of the band Source. They are a Progressive metal band based in Boulder, Colorado and within a short 2 ½ years have already landed some impressive tours – most notably with HellYeah and In Flames last year. This may actually become my favorite spotlight because he’s the kind of diamond in the rough every music fan hopes to discover at some point.
Source, who reached the top of my Best of 2016 list a couple of months ago has just released their long awaited video for one of my favorite tracks on their “Return To Nothing” album entitled “The Serpent”. Guitarist/vocalist Ben Gleason, bassist Dan Crisafulli and drummer Georges OctoBous again show what great music wrapped around wonderfully lyrical themes can spiritually achieve between artist and listener. With the third dimension of visual cuing added, this already moving song takes on a life of its own, again reminding us all just how damned good Source is! Great way to start a Tuesday morning! Enjoy!!!
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Produced by Scott Wilson, Sound Engineering by Jesse O’Brien, art by Sarafin Concepts
23 September 2016
“Memories of Yesterday”
“The Word ‘Source’”
“Return to Nothing”
“Veil of Doubt”
I am truly honored to be able to review what I would consider one of the best albums I have had the pleasure of listening to this year, bar none. Little did I know then just how significant my first State of the Art choice for Colorado would have on me some six months later. This gem has had me enthralled and engaged from first listen to, hell, I don’t know, a 100 or more times now. I know it inside and out; musically and lyrically and it never ceases to move me, often to tears, even to this day. It almost feels like it has become part of me now. An old friend that shares a little piece of my soul. I’ll stand today on my original statement of Return to Nothing being damned near perfect. I have seen Source play live (great show!), hung out with them, talked and joked with them offline, interviewed its members Ben Gleason, Dan Crisafulli and Georges OctoBous and would consider all three friends through their music and as individuals on a personal level. All of this from simply choosing to write about Source in my freshman days with the MN staff. An amazing privilege to have this platform from which to share my passion for music, especially from bands as good as Source.
Metal Nexus Interview: Source
Ben Gleason – Vocals and guitar
Georges Octobous – Drums
Dan Crisafulli – Bass
After my recent “State of the Art” showcase of Source, I was fortunate enough to be contacted by band manager Brent Boutte and offered an interview with this unbelievably good band. I had a great sit down with them and managed to ask them about everything I wanted to. We talk about how the band formed, how they learnt how to play their instruments, and much more. Geoges made a joke after the interview about how much easier it is for people to learn instruments now that the internet exists. He would have loved to go onto a site like Drumming Review and see all these reviews and tips – it would have saved him a lot of money on some bad equipment he’s bought in the past! Anyway, onto the interview:
After doing my first Colorado State of the Art article on Source for the month of April, singer/songwriter/guitarist Ben Gleason and band manager Brent Boutte contacted me, inviting me to a show on their tour with Trapt and Super Bob. After some back and forth, a move of venue and a three and half hour drive (seven hours of driving was well worth the trip), I was finally able to see the band that has grabbed so much of my attention this past month. The more I have listened to Source’s music, the more I am sucked into their musical poetry. They are not even close to getting old (probably begin to fade just in time for a new album).
*This is part of our State Of The Art series, showcasing bands every Monday from the featured State*
This month’s State is Colorado!
Starting this month’s State of the Art: Colorado off with one hydrogen bomb of a bang: Source. Right out of the gate, this triumvirate of fine musicians from Boulder confound with dazzling, atmospheric and technical Progressive Metal in the vein of other notably uncharacteristic Metal bands like Opeth, Tool and Porcupine Tree. So good, in fact, producer Scott Wilson described them as a supergroup shortly after meeting with them in the studio even though Source was formed only three years ago.