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Post Rock/Math rock

3.42 | 55 ratings

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bob x
4 stars This band is a very progressive neoprog band with heavy overtones of fusion included for good measure.No vocal tracks are included.The disc (record) itself has little or no info about the band,its members or even the tracks included.So you play one side and then the other,with little idea of what is being played.I picked this release up at a TORTOISE concert and let me tell you ,if you are ever lucky enough to be able to catch these Chicago based progmaster LIVE,then by all means,DO IT!They provide a great computer controled light show complete with rear screen projectors,lasers,you know the whole neopyschedelic thing complete with all of the trappings!The music is crisp and clear live or on recordings.The band members all play multiple and various instruments and swicth up often. Some synth work is included,but it mostly consists of driving guitars and thumping bass along with some interesting world beat types of instuments; tribal drums,xylophones,marimbas,etc. And all used expertly and to great effect! These guys can go from blistering rock to mellow free form fusion in two notes! Anything you can find by this little known and highly creative band is worth checking out.And,lucky me,I have a double cd-r of the band live from when they played at the YOUNG AVE.DELI in Memphis last year!Now,how cool is that?
bob x | 4/5 |


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