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Third Quadrant

 

Neo-Prog

2.82 | 8 ratings

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apps79
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3 stars For about 5 years nothing have been heard around Third Quadrant and the band was fairly considered dead, but in 1988 they returned with a new cassette album under the title ''Layered''.The official core has been reduced to a trio, as bassist Chris Palin was no more part of the band, and bass duties were provided by Dave Forster.This would have propably remained another very rare album by Third Quadrant, as a few hundred copies were pressed, if it wasn't for the team of Mellow Records, which reissued the album in 1993 on CD.

Soundwise Third Quadrant have not changed much compared to their debut, playing a laid-back Neo Prog with spacey overtones and a discreet New Wave vibe in the vocal parts, building their ideas on electrocacoustic changes reminiscent of YES and spacey keyboard textures in a style closer to PINK FLOYD.The music is quite accesible, often melancholic but always deeply atmospheric with balanced instrumentation, sensitive and clean vocals and a combination of cheerful rhythms and more elaborate synth-drenched textures.However their overall approach still holds strong similarities with the early explosion of the 80's New Wave of British Prog, even if they have adapted some evident New Wave stylings over the years.The material is quite interesting although far from trully exciting, not actually surpassing the quality of their debut for the most of its part.All these just before the ending, stunning instrumental ''Bloodbath'', where the prog influences of the group come fully on surface, offering propably the best track of the band in their early days.Dramatic, semi-symphonic Progressive Rock with PINK FLOYD, CAMEL and GENESIS touches, passing from atmospheric keyboard textures to rockier guitar moves to bombastic Classical-based Prog with a dominant, cinematic sound.

The last track along deserves a warm place in the heart of any Neo Progger out there and it's the one that makes ''Layered'' slightly better than Third Quadrant's debut.Recommended to all fans of 80's Neo Prog and even Space Rock.

apps79 | 3/5 |

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