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4.11 | 138 ratings

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4 stars A curious hidden Canadian trio born at the wake of the Prog downside in Europe. Based mainly on keyboards and derivatives, the band was able to find a rather appealing sound in this album, including electric violin as a signature. Great musicianship and acceptable compositional skills to manufacture a highly enjoyable album without big surprises, well balanced, with high value in melodies as well as in the fantastic riffs at the violin and the keyboards, perfectly accompanied by an excellent Martin Deller at the drums. The music is full and high-spirited, as usual in violin-wearing prog bands, not to the style of Celtic Prog, but leaning toward Jazz Fusion. Some tracks remind me of later bands, meaning that spite of their influences, such as Steve Hillage, JL Ponty, Rush, Soft Machine, Spirogyra, they might have had more influence themselves in Prog bands of the 80's and 90's. See for instance the opener "Phasors on Stun" or "Journey". By the way, listening to the marching background in the album title track I would say the band was inspired by the great Flamenco Rock Spanish band Triana 75's debut. Is that possible? Globally, I think it is a piece of easy Prog that may populate any Prog stand, though I doubt it belongs to the 50 Top Prog Rock albums as published in the Rolling Stone magazine. Probably, this media would do better in educating American Progheads by promoting true masterpieces even if the come from Europe, don't you agree bros?
poito | 4/5 |


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