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3 stars Push & Profit is the debut from american neo prog band Discipline. The album was released in 1994 which seemed to be a time where neo prog had a revival. Itīs not that often I have come across american neo prog bands. It seems to be a very british genre and Discipline sounds very british. Their big influences are Marillion and especially IQ. Matthew Parmenter also performed live with a painted face.

The music is typical neo prog with lots of sensitive singing and keyboards. The songs are actually pretty good and even though I wasnīt very impressed after my initial listen I have grown more excited after repeated listening. The dark song Carmilla is one of my favorites here while the opener Diminished is also very good but the quality is generally very high. At times the music is a bit too soft for me which a song like The Nursery Year is a good example of.

The musicianship is good but itīs not outstanding. Itīs not like I say wow anytime while listening to Push & Profit. Their music rely more on emotion than on technical playing.

The sound quality is rather strange. At times the mix is pretty good but listen to the part in Diminished where the drums and the distorted guitar kicks in after the soft start to the song. It sounds really thin. Itīs really amazing how you can get an album made in 1994 to sound like it was made in 1984 but Push & Profit has a real eighties production. It probably thrills the hardcore eighties neo prog fans but it annoys me a bit.

Push & Profit is a good album but not essential in any way neither to neo prog or prog rock in general. This is my opinion of course and you might find more pleasure in this album than me if youīre more into neo prog than I am. This is a 3 star album for me.

UMUR | 3/5 |


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