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TRANSCENDENTAL CIRCUS

Orpheus Nine

 

Heavy Prog

4.13 | 37 ratings

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MoreTorres
5 stars Much modern prog is a stale remnant of bygone eras. Orpheus Nine is not. Their opening statement to the world, Transcendental Circus, is a triumph.

Right from the off you'll be mystified by Jason Kresge's keyboard playing. But all of the musicians are extremely talented, and the songwriting is absolutely solid, with melody and taste favored over pointless noodling.

Good luck locating a bad song on this 75-minute CD. Highlights are Fetish, The Fall of the House of Keys, and the momentous masterpiece: the certifiably insane 6-part Transcendental Circus 'suite'. What can I say about this incredible title track? Genius. Madness. Beauty. Surprise. Schizophrenia. Perfection.

How can a band be this strong, this tight, this compelling, on their very first rodeo? It's almost unfair.

1. Of Zygotes and Grace Notes (8/10) 2. Eightfold Way (9/10) 3. Fetish (10/10) 4. Hand of Make-Believe (9/10) 5. No Illusions (7/10) 6. Age of Rhyme and Reason (8/10) 7-12. Transcendental Circus (*11/10*) 13. Reaper's Carousel (8/10) 14. Sandcastles (9/10) 15. The Fall of the House of Keys (10/10)

MoreTorres | 5/5 |

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