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In 1997, guitarist/synth player Karl EISENHART and drummer Greg JONES met in an East Pennsylvania coffee house where Karl was playing an acoustic gig. After clicking personally and musically, they began playing together and performing, first as DREAD PIRATE ROBERTS and then LANDSLIDE. By 2002 they draft bassist/multi instrumentalist Bill FOX and the trio begin covering progressive staples by TULL, RUSH, YES as well as the POLICE.

Their 2002 debut, 'A Man's Reach', does show influence from each of the aforementioned artists, particularly the song-oriented periods of RUSH, POLICE and TULL, covering 'Minstrel in the Gallery' with mixed results. Their follow-up ['Meld', 2006] was a marked move forward, showing a more sophisticated writing approach that reminds of TILES and Texas legends HANDS.

Quality U.S. band representing the East Coast prog scene.

The band was joined by Matt FRANSISCO on keyboards and vocals in 2010. This addition brought more power and texture to their sound. Together, they released their fourth album "A Blueprint for Chaos" in 2012. The band is active live in the US and are working on a new album.


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3.00 | 5 ratings
A Man's Reach
2003
3.04 | 4 ratings
Meld
2006
3.85 | 15 ratings
A Blueprint for Chaos
2012

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 A Blueprint for Chaos by PINNACLE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.85 | 15 ratings

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A Blueprint for Chaos
Pinnacle Heavy Prog

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars Pinnacle is a heavy prog band from USA with three albums released so far. This band manage to capture my attention with their second album from 2006 named Meld. Energic and noodly heavy prog album with some great instrumental sections, and aswell the voice is pretty ok. Pinnacle have their own sound I think even they are in same category with Tiles, Rush or Variant, almost same aproach in music with twisted tempo changes, some fine guitar works and quite intresting bass lines, very busy instrument . I also like a lot the drums, Greg Jones is very sure of his instrument creating some great chops. They add a new musician in the line up - Matt Francisco who is responsable for vocal lines and aswell keybords. Well, to tell the truth this is a very worthy aqusition by the band with this new member , he add a new dimension the Pinnacle music creating a very solid heavy prog album.. The music is engaging, full of intresting arrangements, powerful musicianship, colorful music for sure. What I like on this third album released in 2012 named A blueprint for chaos is that with the addition of Matt Francisco the keyboards are more proeminent then ever befor in their music. The music is something between Kansas with heavy prog elements a la Rush, Tiles, very strong combination I might say. The voice of Francisco is very good being very similar with Steve Walsh tone, sometimes I have the impression I'm listning to Kansas. Even the album is long over an hour it doesn't contain any mediocre or boring moments, contrary has plenty of intresting arrangements well performed. Pieces like opening track - Some Just Sleep, Conductor, Long Black Car or .Somewhere Between show a great potential this band has in today scene, they are active for more then 10 years now and every album is a winner in my book. To me, this is better then predecesor Meld who was already a strong album in this scene but A blueprint for chaos definetly tops it on every aspect. Nice complicated instrumental passages, where the guitars and keyboards have an important role. A recommended album , this is definetly one of the better examples how must sound a heavy prog album these days. Easy 4 stars from me, nice art work aswell, the album comes in digipak format and is a nice package. A strong band,

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 A Man's Reach by PINNACLE album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.00 | 5 ratings

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A Man's Reach
Pinnacle Heavy Prog

Review by apps79
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3 stars Pinnacle's roots go back in 1997, when drummer Greg Jones met Karl Eisenhart in a coffee house, where he played acoustic music.His ''Steve Morse'' T-shirt was enough for Greg to speak to him and so begins the collaboration between the two men.Initially the played with bassist JP Capiello, who was soon replaced by mullti-instrumentalist Bill Fox.As with many bands, they started playing covers of Yes, Rush, Jethro Tull and other huge acts of the past, before putting together material for an original release.They recorded their debut, meeting each other every Tuesday at EverythingToExcess Studios between November 02' and May 03, eventually releasing their first album ''A man's reach'' in 2003.

Pinnacle's sound is obviously influenced by the Power Rock of RUSH with a slight vibe from 70's US Heavy/Hard Rock and recalls modern acts such as TILES, BOLUS or ENCHANT.The style of the trio is strongly based on Eisenhart's/Fox'es guitars with little use of synths here and there to create a more rich sound.Most of the tracks are quite groovy with strong riffs, plenty of changes and interesting solos in mid-length and quite accesible forms.The atmosphere ranges from aggressive to slightly spacey, exploring also the territories inbetween.Vocals are also decent, without being anything close to mindblowing.Good thing is Pinnacle's compositions are fairly memorable despite the diverse guitar stylings.On the other the hand the production sounds a bit flat and this guitar-driven style seem to need sometimes a breeze of fresh air.Notice the lovely cover of Jethro Tull's ''Minstrel In the Gallery'' as the closing composition of this album.

RUSH-inspired Power/Prog Rock is what Pinnacle have to offer in this first effort of the trio and what they do, they do it really good.Recommended, especially if you love strongly guitar-led still challenging material.

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 Meld by PINNACLE album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.04 | 4 ratings

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Meld
Pinnacle Heavy Prog

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Pinnacle is a heavy prog band from USA with two albums released so far. This trio manage to capture my attention by their second album from 2006 named Meld. Energic and noodly heavy prog album with some great instrumental sections, and aswell the voice is pretty ok. Pinnacle have their own sound I think even they are in same category with Tiles, Rush or Variant, almost same aproach in music with twisted tempo changes, some fine guita works and quite intresting bass lines, very busy instrument on this album. I also like a lot the drums, Greg Jones is very sure of his instrument creating some great chops. Even the album is long over an hour it doesn't contain any mediocre or boring moments, contrary has plenty of intresting arrangements well performed. The forte pieces are definetly the opening track Information Overload - 10 min of pure bliss, engaging moments , powerful musicianship. Another worthy piece is the instrumental Built For Speed another great tune that shown how great is the guitar parts. Some sporadicaly and well integrated in the overall sound are the keybords, who has a second role here after the guitar but some nice passages are on The Deepest Sea. The album ends with an epic of nearly 19 min of good playing intresting ideas and top notch production. Talking about production the album was mastered, mixed and produced by Shadow Gallery bass player Carl Cadden James with the help from the band. Really nice album that desearves from me 3-3.5 stars.

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