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DIAGONAL

Diagonal

 

Eclectic Prog

4.08 | 231 ratings

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prog_traveller!!
4 stars Another debut by Rise Above Records that somehow joins that group of bands considered as "nostalgic", even if far from the stoner / doom styles that characterize the productions of the historic English label. They are the Diagonal, formation coming from Brighton that offers a seventies-style prog rock with references to the sound of groups such as Emerson, Lake & Palmer, King Crimson and Yes, plus a strong jazz imprint.

Seven are the elements involved in the project, all multi-instrumentalists linked by the love for the golden years of the genre in question that is expressed in forty-five minutes of music divided into only five tracks, songs that put us in front of a technically very valid band and that faces the pieces with a certain amount of personality. Despite every trace getting closer on average with a duration of ten minutes, in which we find very long parts instrumental, it turns out to be really difficult to detect any one weighting all the way down the tracklist, thanks above all to rhythmic structures that never exceed in complexity, but that aim mainly to involve the listener. No technique for its own sake therefore, although the capacities of the individuals can be considered as al above average.

Already the initial Semi Permeable Men-Brain seems to be the result of a jam session, with all the instruments initially amalgamated into a whole, which, subsequently, highlight one at a time with solo parts that are not too intricate, but which retain in the their structures a good dose of melodic component easy to assimilate immediately. The second Child Of The Thundercloud puts us in shows, in the opening minutes, the romantic side of Diagonal that emerges from the delicate piano sounds capable of recreating a sound carpet refined, to then leave room for more engaging and immediate outbursts. Deathwatch is also on the same line, where in this case to do it as host there are the electric incursions of the guitars placed at the end of the piece. The sax parts with a distinctly jazzy flavor are also well structured characterize the subsequent Cannon Misfire, definitely shorter track and more immediate than the previous ones, which anticipates closure entrusted to the very long Pact, a suite of about fourteen minutes that returns to the paths already trodden by the disc opener, pushing clearly towards more psychedelic shores.

Yet another shot scored by the Rise Above, then? Definitely yes. The Diagonal show that they have well assimilated the lessons of the greats masters, delivering us a product packaged with the class and experience of veterans, but which is still very derivative.

4,5 stars!!!

prog_traveller!! | 4/5 |

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