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District 97


Crossover Prog

3.92 | 167 ratings

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progpig66 (arnold)
5 stars When I entered the page of one of my top one favourite bands, District 97, I noticed immediately the sad trail of two star ratings, all given shortly one after another by a number of silly persons with strange names (probably one and the same person), like daemacho, purplefloydfish, marfish, waeguk, or whatever. If you don't like progressive rock, find yourself a nice country or hip hop music page and don't bother progressive rock lovers with your shit!

Anyway, I think The Trouble With Machines is a masterpiece of progressive rock. Here we have five incredible talented musicians, who are prepared to give everything they got and who have delivered some huge music. Yes, it is obvious, that they must admire a lot albums by U.K. and GENTLE GIANT. What is wrong with that? Every progrock musician should be aware of the music of these true gigantic bands.

District 97 have succeeded in blending these influences into a true powerful sound of their own. A song like "Open Your Eyes" is as strong as hell and has even hit potential. Female lead vocalist Leslie Hunt doesn't hesitate to enter well-chosen aggressive dissonants in her vocal parts, supported by fast changing tempo and time changes. She really is my kind of singer ! Throughout the album the music maintains its force and surprises you with new great themes or aggressive interventions by the rhythm section. Check out a track like "The Thief". Drummer Jonathan Schang, who is responsible for most of the compositions on the album is a true mastermind and a wizard on his instrument.

The Trouble With Machines is a fantastic album, and should I have any doubt between a four and a five star rating, the silly sad proggophobic two star tail has decided me definitely to five stars !!!


progpig66 (arnold) | 5/5 |


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