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Stratospheerius / Press

"Guilty of Innocence is not only great, but one of the most hectic and heart-stopping albums I’ve listened to.-Zachary Nathanson

““Joe Deninzon’s virtuosity is undeniable....It’s progressive music that’s not afraid of a catchy chorus. The 12 minute closing track, ”Soul Food” is a well crafted multi-tempo road trip. It ventures into magnum opus territory where 70’s rockers Kansas were at home..."”

““Chunky guitars, a battery of drums, and a seesawing Jacob’s ladder of electric violin battle for supremacy as Deninzon’s piercing tenor equates American exceptionalism with the fraudulent Wizard of Oz .” “Deninzon has been called the Jimi Hendrix of electric violin, and that comparison seems apt on “Dream Diary Cadenza,” an excerpt of Deninzon’s solo concerto, where his violin swoops, howls, and dive bombs amid quickening arpeggios.” “Deninzon nods to Jean-Luc Ponty and George Clinton’s Funkadelic while charting an eccentric course that conjoins whiplash funk, spacey electronic, and progressive rock.” “Splashy and theatrical, Guilty of Innocence is a howl for justice delivered by virtuosos completely in synch with one another. It’s a darkly comic clarion call to combat affluenza, self-delusion, and the commoditization of daily life. Otherwise, Deninzon seems to say, we’re just another brick in the mall.””

“When you put distorted guitars up against a violin you get magic. When you put a violin solo in a metal song, you get F***g amazing shit! That’s all I can say about that.. There is always some danger attached to the task of releasing a cover track.. to be successful the artist must find his or her own way and unique expression. Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius did just that. It’s amazing and in my book, a thousand times better than the original. I love it when artists push the boundaries of what is perceived as the norm….. And I love it even more when it’s pure magic, just like Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius did with this cover. I tip my hat and bow my head in awe ..”

““It's in STRATOSPHEERIUS that the violinist holds the richest palette to take colors from….a fabulous vibe goes down the listener’s spine.””

““Tightly crafted studio pieces including intricately produced vocal articulations, electronic effects, and multi-tracked instrumentation…It's an album with bright, vibrant tones from four players who aren't competing, but rather congealing.””

““Every member plays with passion and invention. Budynek is tight and bright in rhythm mode and soars when the song calls for it. Bishop, is a flat out low end monster and perfectly matched with the fiery Padmore. She is that drummer every musician wants in their ensemble: a player that can blow your mind one moment, then tenderly hold your hand the next. As for Deninzon - the sounds he gets out of that violin are inhuman. His speed, precision, color, and character are just off the charts!””

““A leading contender for the best rock album of 2012… Joe Deninzon’s dazzling violin solos, creative loops and effects are clearly spectacular and demonstrate that he is one of the most talented instrumentalists in the current rock scene. ””

“Aspiring to be the second coming of rock violin in the fabled footsteps of Jerry Goodman, NYC fiddler Joe Deninzon released a 2007 CD from his band Stratospheerius. The ten track Headspace features Deninzon’s 6 and 7 string electric violin, acoustic violin, mandolin, and acoustic guitar backed up by a fine quartet, including electric /acoustic guitarist Mack Price.The six vocal cuts are on the right side of the new prog and the instrumentals, where Deninzon really cuts loose, are reminiscent of the spirited late ‘70’s albums of Jean Luc Ponty and guitarist Peter Maunu. Soaring electric violins and guitars, mandolins, drums, moog, and more come together on Deninzon’s big post-prog bash.”

“I am reviewing this after just seeing my first concert by Stratospheerius so some of the tracks are still fresh in my mind. What I find captivating about the CD is that although many styles are brought to the table, they somehow live comfortably together within the context of the songs. There is a little jazz mixed in with rock on some tracks while on other tunes, the band melds in some country and funk parts that give the whole album a little bit of a prog feel. With that odd mix of styles, this project could have gone horribly wrong but Deninzon and company keep things musical so that the listener is kept interested but not overwhelmed with styles and sounds. My recommendation is to put away your pre-conceived notions of the violin (this is not The Charlie Daniels Band) and give the record a shot.”

“It would be a feat to describe Stratospheerius' sound. Nevertheless, an attempt will be made. With the bounce and spirit of Phish, the quirkiness of the Flaming Lips, and the bass lines of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stratospheerius is a mix of many great sounds. They are undeniably funky, and their fiddle is perhaps the funkiest of all. One must hear this fiddle to believe it, as it dips in and out of the funkiest grooves known to man. The vocals are also strong throughout the album, as the lead singer's voice often sounds like a sweeter version of trey Anastasio and Eric Clapton. It is an interesting album all around, and their ability to bring so many different sounds forward is incredible.”

“Jazz fusion, Stingpop, progressive rock, classical strains, and jam-band spaceouts take turns running through the ten songs on this, the band's fourth album. Leader Joe Deninzon's devilish violin weaves the compositions together, and he lends his throaty vocals to some of the tunes, layering attractive melodies over odd time signatures and dynamic, unpredictable arrangements. Think of a much more adventurous version of the Dave Matthews Band, add Steely Dan precision and prog-rock inventiveness, and you'll get an inkling. There's also a Police influence that would be quite evident even without the revved-up cover of "Driven to Tears." An interesting and spirited journey into outrageous creativity, this CD is highly recommended for anyone with an adventurous ear, including fans of fusion, progressive rock, the Police, the Kronos Quartet's pop experiments and collaborations, and fiery fiddling. S”

“It’s familiar, but like absolutely nothing you’ve heard before. That’s about all this reviewer can muster as a lead for reviewing the latest Stratospheerius release, Headspace. Lead by electric violinist/vocalist/mandolinist and former Clevelander Joe Deninzon, the quartet unleashes their fourth full-length effort with an assortment of songs that simply careen from your speakers. Following up their critically-acclaimed Live Wires disc, Headspace contains a frenzied mélange of alt-bluegrass, progressive rock, jazz fusion and funkabilly, with shades of the neo-hippie 90s and space rock for good measure. If Bela Fleck and Frank Zappa had a love child in outer space, it might grow up to sound like these guys do. Memorable hooks, gravity-defying instrumental prowess and a kitchen sink move toward rock and Zappa-esque fusion fill Headspace. Let it fill yours.”