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BOOK OF HORIZONS

Secret Chiefs 3

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

4.12 | 68 ratings

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Spanky
5 stars I will be the first to say that I don't feel this is a progressive album in the sense of the actualy sound. Secret Chiefs 3 doesn't sound like Yes, Marillion, or Dream Theater; however, Trey Spruance's music does progress as you listen to it. So in that sense, this is indeed, a progressive album. There are also 6 bands on this album:

FORMS Ishraqiyun Traditionalists Holy Vehm The Electromagnetic Azoth UR

Each of which as either 2 or 3 songs on the album. Also, they each have a different feel to them. While Ishraqiyun is heavily influeced by Arabic and Persian tunings, The Holy Vehm is a completely new kind of metal. I would go so far as to say it is almost as dark and heavy as you can get right about now.

The difference in sound does not mean this album sounds like a huge mess though. Rather, the album has the best flow to it that I have heard on any album to date. Even the jumbled The Electromagnetic Azoth pieces, On the Wings of the Haoma and DJ Revisionist, fit the album very well even though they the most random sounding of the other pieces.

This is an album for people who are willing to lend an ear to something new and to different ways of writing music. I don't believe it is something that a casual prog listener would really have much interest in, but fan of Mr. Bungle, Meshuggah and even Sleepytime Gorilla Museum will be right at home with this album.

Spanky | 5/5 |

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