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Crossover Prog

3.88 | 147 ratings

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3 stars Barry vs. The Sea Monster...

The second studio album from the crossover quartet of three electronic engineers and an electrician.

Like two albums for the price of one, five individual tracks followed by a sprawling forty minute suite. It contains elements of heavy prog, classic rock and folk but what sets it apart from its counterparts is the bands insistence on recording their individual parts together at the same time in the same room. This is an unusual approach nowadays and I like the warmth and fluidity in bring to the overall sound.

Despite the first half of the album having only five tracks, they are reasonably lengthy and so the album is split pretty evenly down the middle. All are solid, my personal favourites being The Secret of the Open Sky, Mimosa, and Spaceghetti which sounds like the love-child of Steve Harris and Ennio Morricone.

The second half isn't quite so consistent, but enjoyable nonetheless. The Rush influences shine through here with epic passages remiscent of The Necromancer or By-Tor and the Snow Dog. Lighthearted humour underlies the spoken narrative which charts the journey of a group of disillusioned musical explorers on their quest to find some new tunes. In this respect The Land of No Groove suite is comparable to the likes of Beardfish or, dare I say, Tenacious D.

This might not be to everyones's taste, but I personally think that Resistor's approach to writing top quality music, whilst not taking themselves too seriously, is refreshing. That said, their clever choice of band name makes using a search engine to find their website a bit of a nightmare!

The Verdict: 6.9MΩ.

Starhammer | 3/5 |


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