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4 stars If you're even merely disappointed by all the recent new releases from some of your favorite acts from the glorious '70s and the more commercially inclined '80s then I'd recommend you to get off your nostalgia train and try out some of the fresh new acts that are starting to make headlines in the prog community. Profusion is certainly one of those bands that any prog fan can and should be excited about since they definitely work their eclectic label for all its worth on their 2012 release Rewotower!

I was pleasantly intrigued with this Italian act's sophomore release after listening to it's opening track Ghost House which pretty much sums up the entire eclectic sound spectrum into it's mere 4 minute running time. If I'd have to make a comparison then it would probably to my all time favorite Eclectic Prog band A.C.T which shares the same borderline metal approach to their music. Profusion is far from a one trick pony since the rest of the album features a very broad spectrum of sounds and experiences that can be attributed to many different musical influences. For example we have a track like The Tower, Part 1 which starts by sounding very much like something that could have been released by Sky Architect but then you have that chorus line that almost sounds like it has been lifted from some famous Rush anthem. I'm not saying the vocalist Luca Latini actually comes any close to the high pitch style of Geddy Lee but the overall melody of the composition during the chorus really rings a bell whenever I hear it.

The album is far from a linear ride and we do get to experience some highs and lows along the way. Treasure Island is certainly my personal least favorite moment since I just don't see the point of this re-imagining of the great Robert Louis Stevenson novel and the lyrics really make it even more cheesy. Luckily, So Close But Alone gets me right back in the pleasant frame of mind with its Latin rhythms and overall exotic sounds. The two minute instrumental interlude Tkeshi is another pretty dull moment for me since the track literally goes nowhere. Some might argue that it's a prelude to the album's first single Chuta Chani, but that track actually has a prelude of its own so that idea just doesn't make much sense to me. Chuta Chani is a surprisingly enjoyable single that only falls slightly due to it being a bit too long for it's own good.

After the two parts of The Tower we get a ballad called Turned To Gold, which reminds me a lot of the Haken ballad Deathless but with a more exotic rhythmic approach to it which makes it a very pleasant experience. Dedalus Falling is where we finally return to the crazy eclectic style that was featured on the album's opening track Ghost House and is another big highlight for me. Those who expect this track to be an eleven minute prog epic will be slightly disappointed since the track actually fades out after the seventh minute only to return back to Ghost House right at the last minute of its running time. What we do in fact get are very memorable seven minutes of great prog music which do manage to tie the bag on Rewotower pretty well.

In conclusion, I've been spinning this album quite a bit over the last week and the experience has so far continued to grow on me. There are still quite a few notes and instrumental passages left for me to discover on Rewotower but I'm certain that I've gotten the basics of the albums which is why this review comes so early into my experience of Profusion and their sophomore release. If there is anything that I've very certain of then it's the fact that Rewotower is an excellent piece of modern progressive rock that shows that the music of the '70s is still very much alive and kicking!

***** star songs: Ghost House (4:13) Dedalus Falling (11:29)

**** star songs: Taste Of Colours, Part 1 (3:48) Taste Of Colours, Part 2 (3:05) So Close But Alone (4:46) Chuta Chani (6:13) The Tower, Part 1 (4:39) The Tower, Part 2 (5:30) Turned To Gold (4:22)

*** star songs: Treasure Island (5:04) Tkeshi (2:00)

Rune2000 | 4/5 |


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