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Hailing from San Jose, California, the band ISOBAR formed in 2020 consisting of the trio of Malcolm SMITH (guitars), Marc SPOONER (keyboards), and Jim ANDERSON (bass), all three previously from the critically-acclaimed, Bay Area band METAPHOR.

The band was able to recruit Mattias OLSSON (drums) from ÄNGLAGåRD and together with other guests, put together their self-titled, debut album in the same year. This instrumental album boasts quite an array of progressive styles to make it an enjoyable eclectic listening experience, one that will appeal to progressive rock lovers everywhere. At times, the music has a wonderful retro sound and others sounding relevant for our times. This is an impressive band that many will watch for once they have heard their music.

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Isobar Eclectic Prog

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars Isobar (meteorological map) is a new name on the prog rock map with self titled album released this year 2020. Formed by 3 members from respected american prog band named Metaphor - Malcolm Smith on guitar, Marc Spooner on keyboards and Jim Anderson on bass, helped by excellent drumer from Anglagard and White Willow fame - Mattias Olsson.

The album is all instrumental, but is very well constructed, the druming is excellent, is tight and dense and all pieces. For sure rest of the instruments are at full capacity aswell, the sound is almost retro combined with some more up to day parts. There are some horn sections that integrated very wel in overall atmosphere.

The pieces are from 3 to 9 min in lengh, there are nice shifts, moods, twists, the complexity is present on every tune. Great playing at unison by all members involved, in the spirit of the best progressive rock out there.

I particulary don't know other band in today prog scene sounding like them, forte pieces - Weekend of Mammals, Major Matt Mason and almost all .

A truly great and inspired album, for me a great surprise that desearving attention from prog listners. 4 stars without hesitation

Thanks to tcat for the artist addition.

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