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Great Wide Nothing



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4 stars Occasionally, I'm truly amazed how much enjoyment a debut album from a group can be and the debut album from Great Wide Nothing is just one of those special albums. Their debut album was officially released April 5th of 2019 and is an independent release and is available from band camp. Great wide Nothing is a progressive art rock band hailing from Atlanta Georgia. The band consists of bassist and front man and the principal songwriter Daniel Graham, keyboard Dylan Porper and percussionist Jeff Matthews. Great Wide Nothing is an unconventional power trio. They have unique instrumentation, very colorful lyrical imagery and frequent symphonic elements that you would expect from 70s classic prog rock. The album opens with the epic three-piece track called Lethal Neon, which is broken down into A Sinister Glow, No Answers and The Spider's Web. It is also the first single from the album and paints a refined picture that shines with various colors of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Marillion, Yes and Pink Floyd. Every section sounds very familiar yet unique at the same time. After Lethal Neon we have my favorite song on the album called Monument. This song is a very good example of the band's ability to start in one place and end up in another. Again, we have the track broken into two sections called Hostages and The Full Six Under. The second half of the song has a familiar gallop feel to it. I dare say sounds very familiar to Iron Maiden. While I say the keyboard rift in the first section of Hostage is albeit repetitive but is catchy and really adds to this song. Making this song a standout on the album, they just work so well together. The third track on the album is called Evening. This is a nice little acoustic number piece with some thoughtful singing from Daniel. It is placed well in the running order of songs as it gives us a break from the previous epic tracks and it's a great song as well. The album concludes with the 17-minute epic title track The View From Olympus. Like previous songs it is split into sections. Prelude, Midnight Sun, The Gift Of Time and Out Of The Flood. This has been a very rewarding listening experience in which every member shine individually and collectively as a group. The album is a powerful reminder of what progressive music can be and it's one of the best independent releases I've heard this year. Make sure you go to their Bandcamp page and check them out.


Recommended Songs: Lethal Neon, Monument and The View From Olympus.

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