Prolific prog maestro Steve Bello specializes in tight, hook-fueled themes that allow him to take flight with his 7-string ax. “Layers of Time” chugs forward with a menacing low-end that’s textured by a spectral, sci-fi drone until Bello’s finger work kicks in with speedy, squealing accuracy. But that’s just a warm-up for “Nuclear Paradise,” whose Hendrix-like riff gives way to more complex demands that the band handles with dexterity, especially Bello who delivers a lightning display of notes, bends and distortion. “Too Far Below Zero” injects a sweet, soothing, atmospheric section that we like. While Bello’s recordings are solid and decent, we come away with the notion that this is an act that’s best appreciated live.