Tribal Tech always seem to wind up on top of polls in guitar magazines devoted to shrednology and dextral gymnastics, thanks to the instrumental skills of guitarist Scott Henderson and bassist Gary Willis. Inspired by '70s Fusion groups, Tribal Tech ignored Smooth Jazz trends in the early '80s, adding a dose of distorted rock fury to their calculator-friendly compositions. Deploying Primus-esque musical antics and heavy layers of overpowering keyboards, their musical brilliance can be astounding at times. They achieve innovative textures by overlaying their technical prowess with searing Funk/Fusion rhythms and twisted melodic intricacies. But the technical details often cloud the validity of their songwriting, leaving you asking yourself whether an accelerating metronome practice session is something you really need to spend your time on.