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4 stars Relocator's self-titled debut is an engaging, melodic and energetic instrumental album with enough mood shifts to satisfy the easily-bored listener. One moment we step into the shade, the next we break down the walls and let the sun come streaming in. Other times the shift is more subtle - particularly dynamic and ferociously jazzy prog-metal can slowly give way to lilting, cheery sections that should leave any fan of this style of music sated.

The musicians are skilled, sure, but their strength seems to come from writing and jamming, experimenting with sounds and colour, texture and feeling. There are no real weak moments on this album. Many albums in this genre can become plodding after awhile, but I suspect anyone who feels that way about this one probably isn't a fan of the genre anyway. One aspect of this band that may keep people coming back for repeated listens is the inclusion of electric violin, which adds a unique feel. "Relocator" is not a one-listen album - listeners who have been absorbing the melodies may suddenly find themselves focusing on the excellent rhythm section instead, and swapping back and forth. My second full listen to this album revealed the impressive bass guitar work as well. A definite strength.

When listening to one of the strongest tracks, "Biosphere", I imagine the band listening back after writing/recording it and saying "Hey, this is pretty good! *WE* are pretty good!"... a track to be proud of. The highlight of the album, though, is the lengthy closing track, "The Alchemist". I would expect this would be most people's favourite track. But hey, I could be wrong. The album is solid from beginning to end, so give the whole thing a listen and see for yourself!

Highly recommended to any lover of instrumental music. Well done guys!

Progatron | 4/5 |


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