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THE WAY FORWARD

Intervals

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5 stars Intervals went from a new djent band to an instrumental prog band with Allan Holdsworth inspiration. This is my favourite instrumental album, it has feeling, its warm, its well produced, it has everything a jazz inspired instrumental prog album should have. It has complex chord structures, odd times, polyrhythms, expanded instrumental passage (guitar, keyboard, drum and bass solos), and many more. I'm actually glad they moved on from the djent approach, their first album 'A Voice Within' wasn't exactly good for them, the vocals didn't work for their sound very much.

Touch and Go | The powerful opener with intricate guitar parts, great Instrumentation, yes I'm going to make these same points a bunch.

Impulsively Responsible | The second track follows the same formula but with a slower and slightly different mood. It's more of an instrumental prog rock song rather than a borderline jazz fusion bit. It's a bit slower but it hits just as hard as the opener.

A Different Light | A Different Light is definitely a more traditional jazz feel but it has the arrangement of ... well... an instrumental prog band. It's a bit of a weaker track but it's still quite the well written track.

By Far and Away | This is the best song on the album by a long shot. The instrumentation, the songwriting, and solos are all unbelievable. Owane is a great keyboard player, and his skills show on this song. I mean... Aaron Marshall is a great guitarist but his skills showed from the first 5 seconds of this album.

Belvedere | Belvedere is one hell of a track, this has a bunch of those more instrumental prog songs. It's a great track that's very well written. Is it bad that I'm very impressed by this spectacular album?

Rubicon Artist | This song kind of brings back the djent aspects. I do love this song but it has its rough edges. I find that for fans of the more jazz oriented instrumental prog, this is going to be the hardest song to get into. It has all the things we can appreciate like alternating patterns between the guitar and drums, but overall, this song is going to be harder to get into for jazz fans.

The Waterfront | I felt that this song was meant to be more of a chord based piece rather than a playing based piece. The chords have this very soft ambiance that fits the feel of this song. It has a very hard hitting emotion to it, this has Holdsworth touch in it, it sounds like Aaron was listening to Metal Fatigue when he wrote this song.

Leave No Stone | This has all the elements of all the other pieces on the album, it has the softer djent elements, it's got its slower and more melodic parts, and lastly its busy and more well played parts. It's a very cool way to end off this warm and emotional album.

I think that this album shows that you don't need a singer to be a great band. The instrumentation, the chord progressions, and feel is the what makes a band good, all three elements in unison is what makes a band great. This album has all of the above, so therefore: this album is fantastic.

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