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Spaced Out

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3 stars This Canadian trio is an intriguing, but frustrating experience to listen to in this live release.

The musicianship is excellent, the individual members pull off some playing here few can repeat after them, the interplay between the members is exceptional too; pulling off one quirky intricate section after the next, odd rhythms, more or less subtle disharmonies mixed with harmonic playing, all done with ease. Multiple changes of pace and style in each song; and none of the guys make any faults whatsoever, folllowing each other impressively tight.

My frustration for this release is that high class musicianship dominate totally - and as I'm a guy that's a sucker for strong tunes and intriguing atmospheres technical abilities and classy musicianship in themselves don't intrigue me.

Anyone fond of said qualities will love this release though, and probably see it as one of the highlights of 2007.

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Posted Friday, February 22, 2008 | Review Permalink
4 stars One of the tightest bands this side of Alpha Centauri. Put the cat out and send your grandmother to the store for this live blowout from one of the most technical fusion monster going. If there ever was a drive your nieghbours nuts album this is it. If you haven't heard their studio material then this is a good place to start and even if you have this beats it by a long shot. Loud, tight playing by this three piece which sounds like a five piece at times, taking the guitar, bass & drums configuration to different dimensional planes with all kinds of effects. Heavily influenced by UZEB which never approached this degree of heaviness. The only caution is that it tends to sound too much alike as the concert progresses. Nonetheless, play loud and enter into oblivion.
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Posted Saturday, September 13, 2008 | Review Permalink
4 stars HELDON + AREA ???

What a powerful sound this is ! When "Seven The Seven" started with heavy drums, I could not help myself shouting "Waohh". They are not only heavy and loud but also very technical. So, the sounds remind me of violent guitar of HELDON (or Red of KING CRIMSON) and technical jazz-rock progression of AREA.

Actually, the highlight of this band is fast and technical bass guitar plays. The combination of the bass and drums sometimes sound like instrumental part of RUSH such as YYZ. This prog music suits physical exercise, so please try this music on when you have.

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Posted Sunday, November 7, 2010 | Review Permalink

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