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Georgians Kelly SHANE (drums;NAKED ELF, ELECTRIC LAWNCHAIR), Andy TEGETHOFF (keys) and Robert MacGROGAN (guitars) formed one of the more interesting and quirky hard prog bands in the States early in the 21st century. A challenging, serious and occasionally silly meeting of RUSH with Frank ZAPPA, showing hints of stiff Euro-wave affectations. They also sport a joke New Age cult site with strange claims, and state at their myspace page; "We are a full life cycle research entity, encompassing all aspects of Solution Science development from producing basic Inter-dimensional Fast Transforms to designing and implementing infinitely complex Fractal Symphonics".

'Daemon Ex Machina' was released in 2003 and was a sure-footed debut demonstrating a unique rock band with emotional range and depth, and this trio should appeal to those with a slightly more eccentric rock palate.

-- Atavachron (David) --

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Hard-rocking but diversely experimental American group well-worthy of inclusion in PA.

Daemon Ex Machina, studio album (2003)

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Daemon ex Machina
Solution Science Systems Heavy Prog

Review by Atavachron
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2 stars A retro band with forward-thinking ideas, Solution Science Systems proved to be one of the more interesting heavy prog groups to emerge from the U.S. scene in 2003. Synthist Andy Tegethoff, guitarist Rob MacGrogan and the drums of Kelly Shane create a kind of rompus room of conflicting styles and prog novelties, encompasing a good range of goals on their 'Daemon ex Machina'. Unafraid to show their affection for everyone from Bowie, the Cars, and Frank Zappa to Rush, Crimson and Genesis, the record is quite a smorgasbord but luckily doesn't over do the mixing and matching like Secret Chiefs 3 tend to. The trio also hawks some sort of New Age nanonucleonic-worshipping culture and dedicates a spoof site to it. Though schizophenic at times, the music is essentially guitar-based Art pop filled with a good dose of fun. 'Science is the Solution pt. 1' can only remind of the Crims circa '74, 'Electrotrombonophone' gets into classic prog sounds mixed tentatively with horrid 1980s MTV memories and 'We Interrupt This Program' is a humor piece. 'Hey Butterfly' is a good anthem, back on the heavy prog track is 'Phonotonic Duality' and 'The Heavy Fist of Maxwell's Daemon', both with a good mix of jazz jam and hard rock. I don't see many listeners falling for them and there are no revolutions to be heard, but I'd hire these guys for a party any day of the week.

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