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BRUCE MAIN

Crossover Prog • United States


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BRUCE MAIN is a US-based multi-instrumentalist and composer who's been active since the 70's; at first in progressive rock outfit MEDUSA and later in a band called THE EDDIES; an active live outfit that performed songs in the tradition of BOB SEGERS and BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN. When this outfit folded, Main moved to Seattle and started building a recording studio; and after some time he also formed progressive metal outfit MANIA at the end of the 80's.

When this last outfit folded Main got involved in the instigation and development of a company, keeping him away from the art of playing and creating music for many years. Just after 2000 he wanted to get back in this business though, and set up a digital studio and started recording. This resulted in three albums released in quick succession - "Tracks" in 2004, "Layers" in 2005 and "Elements" in 2006.


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US artist BRUCE MAIN takes his cues from the classic symphonic prog outfits from the 70's, and mix in elements from contemporary rock and hard rock to this sound; with an emphasis of the former rather than the latter one might add. His albums contain both distinct symphonic creations as well as tunes with a more mainstream-oriented sound and style.

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ElementsElements
CD Baby 2006
Audio CD$5.57
$2.98 (used)
LayersLayers
CD Baby 2005
Audio CD$5.39
$4.86 (used)
TracksTracks
Bruce Main 2004
Audio CD$7.93
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Tracks
2004
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Layers
2005
3.86 | 2 ratings
Elements
2006
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Swimming In the Pixel Sea
2011

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 Layers by MAIN, BRUCE album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Bruce Main Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

— First review of this album —
3 stars A Seattle-based multi-instrumentalist, Main was a member of the Northwest band Medusa in the 70's, playing next to Brian Phraner and Don Freeborn, who later formed Phreeworld, and Gordon Raphael, future piece of Sky Cries Mary.Later he played with the Midwest Rock'n'Roll band The Eddies, which lasted a couple of years.Main returned to Seattle and after some failed attempts to put up a regular band he got married and became a businnessman.The spark though was still there and he built his own digital studio, eventually releasing his first album ''Tracks'' in 2004, followed by ''Layers'' in 2005, for which he was helped by former bandmate Brian Phraner on bass and Bruce Jones on flute.

Main is no suprisingly influenced by the giant Prog bands of the 70's, coming up with a work of melodic Progressive Rock with an intense lyricism and light symphonic inspirations.His voice is quite colored but often he seems to sing a bit out of tune, while the music on ''Layers'' remains interesting all the way, albeit far from original.His soft guitar touch and the pair of more dramatic deliveries, the constant use of discreet organs and the retro-sounding moods of the album propose a vintage album, where he tries to combine his nostalgic roots with more modern ideas, these are the careful use of synthesizers and the decent drum programming of the album.The smoother tracks have a strong GENESIS/CAMEL vibe with acoustic passages and melodic parts, the more intense ones being highlighted by a strong YES inspiration with more complex themes and shifting offerings.It seems this work lacks a true sense of professionalism, but the love of Main for Progressive Rock led him to a quite decent release overall.

Patience and obsession finally rewarded Bruce Main with a good album within the fundamentals of Progressive Rock.Neither very professional nor personal work, but a warmly recommended album for anyone into melodic Progressive Rock with strong 70's hints.

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 Elements by MAIN, BRUCE album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.86 | 2 ratings

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Elements
Bruce Main Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars US-based artist Bruce Maine is a veteran in the music biz, with a history as a band member dating back to the 70's, and a successfull career as sound mixer, engineer and large scale sound system installer in his past as well.

Elements is his third solo album, and it's a solid release of mellow, melodic prog rock; some compositions with mainstream tendencies while others follow a more traditional symphonic tradition.

It's a well produced affair, quite slick in sound - and fans of such may nothe that it is a loose concept album where global warming is the central theme.

Recommended tracks: The Heat, Red Flags.

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