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3 stars FRACTAL's second album which I really like. On the one hand they are cultivating a quite eclectic style with some King Crimson references, at best to seek out when listening to the opening Ellipsis or Mantra. But this is surely independent and sometimes experimental too. And you will detect very melodic melancholic parts as well, supported by mellow vocals which are even holding a pop appeal here and there. As for that the listener can expect a diverse effort so to say.

This California based outfit had started as a trio around the beginning of this millenium and the current line-up remained stable since 2004 featuring two guitarists. The additional keyboard work is managed by bass player Jim Mallonee and guitarist Nic Roozeboom. Aftermath had been already pre-released as a single in 2007 and makes out an highlight. Based on a complex structure this is garnished with melodic vocal dominated parts and contrasting metal riffing impressions.

A nice ballad like The Giving Tree may not be missed as well as the outraged weird Pataphysic or the spacey, more experimentally coloured Coriolis when using bowed guitar and synths. The 13 minute trilogy Chum comes initiated by symphonic impressions and especially part 2, holding deformed narrations, is just a gripping adventure.

Basically I'm open-minded for experiments who are trying to combine rock and nujazz/triphop elements. Don't know if Bellerophon may look out on the follower album. Never mind - this is far more electronically stamped, stylistically getting out of range, obviously contrasting. I'm not sure yet if this is successful in the end.

3.5 stars. FRACTAL offer much potential. As for a summary I find 'Sequitur' an interesting modern workout in the whole consisting of variety and a bunch of exceptional impressions. Quite suitable in order to bring more people closer to (sophisticated) prog music I would say. Bands which bear some reference: Headshear, Akt, King Crimson.

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