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Anti-Depressive Delivery


Heavy Prog

4.04 | 51 ratings

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5 stars Good Strong Classic Progressive Rock

Sub-genre: Tech/Extreme Progressive-Metal (No/No Yes-No, heavy prog or eclectic would fit) Edit: as of 9/27/2010 the band is reclassified as Heavy Prog
For Fans of: Kansas, Deep Purple with a hint of Floyd,King Crimson and Queen
Vocal Style: Rock and Roll! Beautiful harmonies abound
Guitar Style: Hard driving 70's distorted style with tasty clean breaks
Keyboard Style: Lots of classic B3, Rhodes and the occasional blast of Moog portamentos.
Percussion Style: Standard rock kit, bongo's too I think
Bass Style: Picked electric
Other Instruments: None

Summary: Every once in a while an entire country will just suddenly blow me away. Right now it seems to be Norway, and with very differing styles. Anti-Depressive Delivery creates a grand display of eclectic progressive styles in their sophomore release Chain of Foods. A recent question was brought forth, "Can retro be progressive?" Anti-Depressive Delivery makes the answer very clear. It can very well be progressive if it is done well. One trap set for modern progressive rock bands is the technology trap. Anti-depressive Delivery use twenty-first century technology sparingly and effectively create a beautiful throw back sound that is most frequently reminiscent of classic Kansas. The trap is most often sprung on keyboard players. How many times have we heard a classic '70's keyboard god suddenly sound cheesed out due to "modern" key sounds? Keybordist Håkon Marius Pettersen holds court with strong classic Hammond and Fender Rhodes sounds and never a hint of disgusting horn or string patches. The guitars are equally tasteful, avoiding the stiff and compressed distortions common to recent music. Not there is anything wrong with that, it just would not fit this product at all.

The Kansas parallels are also drawn easily in the Steve Walsh style vocals and broad rock harmonies. During the softer moments it not completely unlike hearing Crosby, Stills and Nash singing behind Pink Floyd, as in the song Undead and the last half of Blood is Blood. But the stylistic melting pot does not stop there. The aforementioned song starts with a very solid funk section that winds the listener up before launching him into a cozy beanbag cloud. There is also a simultaneous homage to King Crimson and Queen with the tastily satirical instrumental We Will Crimson You.

Final Score: A quick, easy favorite; strange thing is, this not usually the kind of band that I really go nuts for. But this album is so well constructed and just feels oh so good to listen too. Every Heavy, Symphonic, Crossover, Eclectic and even some Neo fans will have something to enjoy in this album. Chain of Foods is a must for any comprehensive prog collection. Did I mention I really, really like this album? 5 stars

Tapfret | 5/5 |


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