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Crossover Prog

4.18 | 40 ratings

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kev rowland
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4 stars This is the third album from the Canadian instrumental trio, and with an emphasis firmly on all three being lead musicians this is quite an album. One of the most important aspects to their sound is the bass playing of Donald Fleurent who plays a multitude of different basses, often within the same song at the same time (clever chap), so this gives them a very clear tonal colour. But this is not a band that is led by the bass by any means, as there is plenty of extremely solid drumming and very rock solid guitar. Add a few synths here and there for some extra variation, combined with a band that are out to rock, as opposed to just impress and the result is an album that does just that.

Yes, there are obviously heavy elements of prog and to a lesser degree plenty of jazz, but this is a rock album. Each song is quite different to the last, and as none of them stretch over four minutes (and some are less than two) this means that the listener doesn't get frustrated. There is also an extremely interesting bass take on Bach's "Gavotte En Rondeau" (who mentioned Manowar?). Overall an album that has plenty of depth but is also fairly light and is enjoyable throughout. This is an instrumental album to which I will often return.

Originally appeared in Feedback #78, April 2004

kev rowland | 4/5 |


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