Wim S. : The Jelly Jam is ready to release its fourth full length album. The first album, however, dates back again to 2002, so we may conclude that the band does not throw new material in the world very regularly. Indeed, because there are seven years between the second album (‘The Jelly Jam 2') and the third release (‘Shall We Descend’). But now it has lasted five years again before the super trio took the time to come up with a new album. I assume that every rock -and metal fan knows that The Jelly Jam consists of three musicians, namely Ty Tabor (King's X), bassist John Myung (Dream Theater) and drummer Rod Morgenstein (Winger). And 'Profit' is their best album so far.
At least that is what I think. And that has everything to do with the prominent role that Ty Tabor plays on this album. Of course, he was always emphatically present, which makes sense as he is the singer / guitarist. But it seems as though his role as a composer is greater than before. Because the riffs and vocals ever come closer to King's X, and that is just what I think is very pleasant. Typically low guitar lines, beautiful vocal melodies (both solo and harmony) make me immediately longing for a new King’s X CD. Songs like 'Water' and 'Mr Man' have the typical groove and layering of yesteryear. But at the same time we hear Steven Wilson influences ('Perfect Lines') and we hear the more sensitive side of men in mighty fine 'Ghost Town'. Or what about 'Heaven'? Beautiful. The album is more song-oriented than on previous releases. Well, what actually is wrong with the album? The compositions are strong, they are performed by three great musicians and the album sounds fantastic. So this is just a wonderful album.