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3.78 | 185 ratings

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3 stars Like many one-shot American sympho-prog acts from the 70's, this one tends to be rather overrated. First of all, the vocals are quite awful, with the singer frequently reaching for notes well out of his rather thin range. The effect is pretty unbearable, but you can take solace in the fact that the long instrumental passages dominate. Second, this band share a problem with many other Ameri-prog bands in that they wear their influences on their sleeve. There are far too many blatantly copied Steve Howe riffs for me to take this album totally seriously.

Still, they were on to something. When they aren't trying their damnedest to sound like Yes, they can hit a vein of deep intensity that makes me wish they'd honed these songs a little more before recording an album. The keyboard sounds are strong and the dense percussion attack adds an air of intrigue to the sound.

So, not the classic you've been led to believe. Had they worked on the stronger elements of their sound, jettisoned the weaker, more derivative ones and ditched the awful singer, they could have eventually become a force to be reckoned with. As it is, we'll never know.

Progbear | 3/5 |


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