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Eclectic Prog

4.13 | 155 ratings

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4 stars 3.5 rounded to 4 stars.

Take VDGG circa 75-76. Throw away Banton and Hammil and replace them with Emerson and Gabriel. Make these guys play RIO-related music with lots of tricks from their original bands (theatrical vocals, gloomy and sinister atmosphere, head-crushing complexity and outstanding level of musicianship). All mentioned elements may fright you away from it, but believe me - it's a worthy one! Opener "Intro/Zero" shows everything you may expect here (except for vocals), and if you disliked it, turn it off. The further music goes the lesser bombastic it becomes - closing "Empty Bottles" can be characterized as "mellow", "jazzy" and even "Canterbury-related".

Excellent and terribly overlooked band. They've mixed almost everything Prog is proud of and made it a sound of their own - I won't dare to call them "a clone" of any of mentioned bands. Highly recommended as necessary addition to almost every progger's collection!

Prog-jester | 4/5 |


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