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INDIVISION

Disconnect

 

Crossover Prog

3.75 | 72 ratings

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Andy Webb
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3 stars Good intentions

Disconnect is a young duo composed of Erich O'Dell and Brian Eschrich, who collectively make music despite the presence of a geographical gap between them (one lives in Maryland while the other lives in New Jersey). Since the project's inception in 2009, the band has pumped out material, with already three studio albums and an EP under their belt. The music is high quality modern progressive rock, full of innumerable and identifiable influences, nice composition tricks, and a lot of great flavor to the music. Indivision, the band's third studio album, is a perfect example of these traits. The album is a prime example of the band's clean and accessible form of modern prog rock, full of influences ranging from Rush to Neal Morse to various other prog and even pop rock bands. Although the music is not the most original or the most complex one could find, the album still presents itself as a wonderful manifestation of this band's spin on modern progressive rock.

The album kicks off with an obvious near tribute to Rush, with the "Prelude" containing a very similar structure and sound to the Prelude on Rush's "Hemispheres". From there the album begins its rotation of influences, as the music weaves in and out of different feels the band extracts from their many influences. However, they don't batter you with attempted complexity and strained progressiveness, as they have mastered fusing the two sides of their music - the prog and the ("normal" I guess) rock - to create an accessible and inviting atmosphere with their music.

Although at times the execution of the music is not perfect, the duo still retains a high level of quality throughout the album. The album seems to have its ups and downs, with periods of slightly awkward instrumentation balanced with periods of incredible musical grace. And although a few of the transitions between parts are not superb, the band balances these low points with the great movements that follow them. However, there are also many wonderful transitions that tie this seemingly massive 60+ minute epic together. There is an incredible amount of material within that hour of music, making the album seem almost too dense for one listen. But if the listener does stay for all 13 parts at one time, he'll find the suite is indeed an engrossing and rewarding experience.

Although I do have a few complains about the album, particularly the dry vocals, overall rather simple chord progressions, and at times overly "major" sound of the music, Disconnect's Indivision presents itself as a prime manifestation of the duo fantastic capacity as a compositional collaboration. The album is full of nice hooks, cool proggy riffs, and an eclectic blend of influences and sounds. The album isn't the prog world's next masterpiece and the album won't turn the genre on an entire new direction, but it still shows that the two guys certainly know what they're doing and are still progressing as a band to find their unique sound. I'll certainly look out for new music by this duo. 3+ stars.

Andy Webb | 3/5 |

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