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HALF LIFE

Izz

Symphonic Prog


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3.68 | 9 ratings | 2 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Soul of Music (4:49)
2. Into the Sun (4:02)
3. Half Life (4:27)
4. The Wait of It All (live at CalProg) (6:30)

Total Time 19:48

Limited vinyl pressing bonus track:
5. "The Car Crash Suite" (20:00) *

Line-up / Musicians

- Paul Bremner / guitars
- Anmarie Byrnes / vocals
- Brian Coralian / drums & percussion
- Greg DiMiceli / drums & percussion
- John Galgano / bass & vocals
- Tom Galgano / keyboards & vocals
- Laura Meade / vocals

Releases information

* from guitarist Paul Bremner's solo album, featuring all members of IZZ.

Format: Vinyl, CD, Digital
July 28, 2020

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IZZ Half Life ratings distribution


3.68
(9 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
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Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(67%)
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Good, but non-essential (33%)
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Collectors/fans only (0%)
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Review by kev rowland
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4 stars American proggers Izz are back with an EP to tide us over until the next album, which is due out in 2021. I have the digital release, which contains three new songs and a previously unreleased live version of "The Wait of It All," a track originally featured on their 2004 EP, 'Ampersand Volume 1'. However, for those who purchase the vinyl edition, this comes with an additional 20 minute long piece of music, "The Car Crash Suite", which is taken from Paul Bremner's solo album (featuring all members of IZZ). I cannot comment on that as I have not heard it, but the 20 minutes I do have is fine enough. The septet are the same line-up as the wonderful last album, 'Don't Panic', which means they have four singers available and they make full use of these with swapping lead vocals and plenty of harmonies.

The title track was originally written and recorded a few years ago, but on listening to it again a decision was mde to remix it and make it available seeing as how it was lyrically fitting with the current situation. Opener "The Soul Of Music' commences with delicate piano, rippling and swirling before the rest of the band come in, quite Transatlantic in nature with some very Chris Squire-like basslines before the layered vocals take over. "Into The Sun" is far more based on acoustic guitar, with orchestral keyboards and delicate percussion, showing a quite different side of the band. Izz have never been content to fit firmly within any particualr musical form and have often switched things around and that is again very true of this EP. The title cut is firmly centered on the bass and vocals, with gentle keyboards and wailing guitar in the background, the song only really lifting on the bridge. The three songs are very different to each other, yet still full of their trademark harmonies and strong use of arrangements. The live cut shows the band in a more "traditional" fashion, much more in keeping with their normal style, and the result is an EP which is a great addition to their canon, will hopefully gain them some new followers, and also please those who are eagerly awaiting the next album. They continue to operate at a very high level indeed, and for any proghead who has yet to come across them, what are you waiting for?

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3 stars IZZ is an American group which has traveled well on various prog festivals to manage to refine their musical orientations. Here there is YES, a little TRANSATLANTIC, second half GENESIS and even MANFRED MANN as reference sounds. This ET is supposed to make the link with their next production, so ... (read more)

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