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Poor Genetic Material


Crossover Prog

3.04 | 12 ratings

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If you trust somebody enough and they tell you that a hare is actually a boar, will you bother doing the research to disprove their theory? Will you even notice that this hare is more beautiful than any you have seen before or since? How could you when you are told it's not worth a second look? That hare is POOR GENETIC MATERIAL, an Anglo German lyrical and vocal oriented prog band which has incorporated neo and symphonic styles with rock and even new age in a musical homeostasis that can only be adequately described in wordless aural images.

This second installment of their season's series is one that lulls you into quiet acceptance of what may come, much as the fall does, if you will only yield to it. Like most superior albums, the tracks are lovingly sequenced, and interlock cryptically. The best is the longest, the opener "Rush of Ages", which introduces the key elements - shape shifting melodies, sensitive time changes, provocative lyrics, PHIL GRIFFITHS finely honed voice and the seductive blend of instrumental prowess of all other members. Your own favourite might be the less penetrable "Star of Eden" with its distorted guitars and variety of riffs, or the more complex but rewarding "Antares"with its heavy guitars alternating with dreamy keys . Even the title cut, sounding as it does like a 1970s AOR ballad, is uplifted by keening lead guitars and a memorable tune. No comparisons really do justice, but I do hear some world prog influences as ephemeral as the hare, like SCHICKE FUHRS AND FROEHLING and JADE WARRIOR in a few of the more languid instrumental buildups, and SAGA in the vocal department.

Since the hare flits across your landscape so fleetingly, you may be inclined to dismiss it with a confused and cockeyed glance. But know that if you have any inkling of how much you will fall for it, you have but to stay put with your arms outstretched.

kenethlevine | 4/5 |


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