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CHROMIUM

Talisma

 

Crossover Prog

4.18 | 44 ratings

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Slartibartfast
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5 stars For their second album Talisma have definitely managed to kick things up a notch. Another collection of short intense instrumentals is offered up. Just a percussionist as a guest on three songs.

There's a streaming version of the opening track, Qwhat, currently posted on this site, and that's what got me hooked on this band. I just happened to play it one afternoon when the cleaning crew was at my office. (They vacuum and I usually pause what I'm listening to and find something streaming on the internet.) My jaw practically fell to the floor and I knew I had to have it. I ordered both Chromium and Corpus right away. Fortunately and unfortunately, they are a fairly new band and have a short discography. Anyone who thinks prog is dead needs to check these guys out. Chromium really is a masterpiece of progressive music. It incorporates elements of many prog sub-genres. Be prepared to go on one hell of a musical journey.

Qwhat starts off taking you all kinds of places musically, heavy and intense.

Dementia's a nice medieval sounding track, reminds me a little of Akkerman's Tabernakel at the opening, then it gets more electric and the music speeds up. Then things get rather spooky sounding before the song ends as it began.

Leviosa another wonderful track packed with changes. Dark bits, rocking bits, twisted interwoven bits, heavy bits.

Chromium reminds me a bit of Djam Karet, and I must say as a big DK fan, these guys do instrumental prog better. Also sounds a bit like Discipline era King Crimson.

Nebuleuse is a synthesizer solo that sounds like its name.

Nuclide, dark heavy jazzy.

Inversion, another DisciplinCrimsonic composition.

Mobius, think of the strip, think League of Crafty Guitarists with just two guitarists, maybe even early Steve Tibbetts.

Tribajigue, short and sweet jiggy prog.

On Cumulus, they mellow out considerably at the start, but not for long, after about a minute the music gets really intense, ending once again on a mellow note.

Hindi, as you might expect, has an Indo-Prog flavor to it.

Double, which wraps up the album, is actually a cover of a Bach piece. Starts out with solo bass, then after a pause, becomes a bass and synthesizer duet.

What an amazing set of music. It's music that you really want to sit down and listen to with your undivided attention. This is not an exaggeration, if Talisma isn't already, they are well on their way to becoming one of the greatest trios of progressive rock.

Slartibartfast | 5/5 |

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