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ASTRAY

Matthew Parmenter

 

Neo-Prog

3.97 | 81 ratings

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5 stars I guess I'm going to rate EVERY Parmenter-related stuff with 5 stars! This guy has talent and charisma! He's THE MOST UNDERRATED PROG COMPOSER of our time! Just listen to his works with DISCIPLINE (or here) to confirm this!

Again bearing his Hammil/Gabriel appreciation, luckily Matthew didn't copy their solo styles (sometimes quite different from both VDGG/GENESIS styles). As usual, he DOESN'T write symphonies or simple songs burdened with long and pointless instrumental spots - he just writes PROGRESSIVE SONGS. And it's worthy of 20 minutes, the songs will be 20 minutes long. And if it requires complexity and changing themes, it'll have them all. Sometimes it seems that Matthew just takes our sacred dreams of "having A Perfect Prog Album in your collection" and makes them come true! Give a listen to opening "Now" - it's the best song VDGG never did! Experience the closing epic "Modern Times" in best DISCIPLINE traditions...wait, I said "DISCIPLINE traditions"? I must be wrong - this is simply Matthew Parmenter, a man-orchestra who doesn't sound like your typical faceless one-man bands failing to keep your ear attentive...

Bravo, mr. Parmenter, you're flawless as usual. DISCIPLINE lovers, it's a Must! Progheads - it's worth of buying! Extremely recommended!

Prog-jester | 5/5 |

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