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DEEXPUS began life as the solo project of songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Andy DITCHFIELD. He had been working on the project for several years without releasing any commercially available material until 2007 when he was reunited with vocalist Tony WRIGHT. The pair began working in earnest on a debt album, and the following year their debut album Half way home was released. Recording of the album was facilitated by the fact that by this time Ditchfield had his won studio up and running.

In order to go on tour to promote the album, DITCHFIELD and WRIGHT decided to put a band together, recruiting Leigh CROWTHER on drums, Ian RAINE on bass and guitarist Phil SLOANE (who provided the lead guitar solo on the first track of the debut album). This line up lasted for a few months, but the guitarist and drummer would soon move on, with Tony WRIGHT's brother Stevie taking over on guitar and Kevin JAGER on drums. Keyboard player Marc JOLIFFE was also enlisted resulting in line up which could present the bands debut album in its entirety. The band's first official gig took place towards the end of 2008, and since then things have moved along apace. At time of writing (April 2009), a DVD of the band performing live is scheduled for release by Metal Mind Productions, and writing and recording of a second album is underway.

In the words of the band's own publicity "their sound is as eclectic as their influences, drawn from years of listening to such groups and artists as Joe JACKSON, IRON MAIDEN, IT BITES, CRASH TEST DUMMIES, RUSH, NIK KERSHAW, MARILLION and recently - PORCUPINE TREE and SPOCK'S BEARD".

Bob McBeath, Glasgow, Scotland. April 2009

With MARILLION's Mark KELLY joining the band as a full-time keyboardist, John DAWSON on bass and Henry RODGERS on drums, the now quintet released ''King of Number 33'' via Racket Records in December 2011 (also released by Edel/Ear Music in March 2012). Tony WRIGHT and Andy DITCHFIELD were still the major forces behind this release, while KELLY's introduction brings more Neo-prog elements to the band's heavy sound. Nik KERSAHW, Marc JOLLIFFE and Steve WRIGHT also appear on the album. 2012 sees Mike VARTY (CREDO etc.) replacing KELLY due to illness and Michael MCCRYSTAL also joining on guitars, with the band going on a small headline tour in the UK. Illness-struck Tony WRIGHT would leave the band later in 2012 along with DAWSON, the latter being replaced by Dave ANDERSON.

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4.13 | 80 ratings
Half Way Home
2008
4.07 | 210 ratings
The King Of Number 33
2011

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4.02 | 16 ratings
Far From Home
2009

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 Half Way Home by DEEEXPUS album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.13 | 80 ratings

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Half Way Home
DeeExpus Heavy Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Two old teenage bandmates frok the North-Eastern part of England decided to form this project in 2007.Multi-instrumentalist Andy Ditchfield teamed up with singer Tony Wright after many years and DeeExpus became reality, following the already prepared ideas of the first.The initial plan was to form a proper group, but the two decided to write down the material for the first album on their own forces.A team of guest musicians was gathered in order to record this debut work, these were guitarist Phil Sloane, bassist Ian Raine and drummer Leigh Crowther.The album, entitled ''Half way home'', was independently released in 2008.

DeeExpus belong to the second incarnation of Neo Prog groups, which started to add heavier overtones in their music, still retaining some of the magic from the old years.Good things is the band sounds pretty flexible, incredibly passionate and dymamic and sufficiently inspired to offer long tracks with dominant guitars, clean yet expressive vocals and a fair number of keyboard acrobatics.The production is good and the arrangements are interesting with accesible lyrical material, pounding rhythmic tones and some impressive, bombastic sections.Although less symphonic in nature than the earlier bands of the style, DeeExpus manage to deliver music with endless energy, grandiose moments and lots of modern colors, featuring sound effects, vocal distortions and metallic guitar riffing.The enviroment remains proggy enough with numerous changing moods and alternating tempos, passing from emotional songwriting to powerful instrumental themes with comfort.On the other hand their first effort fails a bit in terms of originality, sounding somewhere between ARENA, PORCUPINE TREE and KNIGHT AREA, combining the great vocals with powerful guitars and sharp keyboards with constant presence of more laid-back piano textures.The songwriting though is solid enough to satisfy fans of modern Prog Rock.

Good to great debut, which seems to contain an inner spark, ready to set everything on fire in the not too distant future.Bombastic and mascular Neo/Heavy Prog with efficient keyboard and guitar waves.Recommended.

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 The King Of Number 33 by DEEEXPUS album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.07 | 210 ratings

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The King Of Number 33
DeeExpus Heavy Prog

Review by aapatsos
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4 stars A delightful prog rock offering, DeeExpus' "King of Number 33" continues the legacy of the band following the very interesting debut from 2008. The most important change is the addition of Mark Kelly on keyboards and his importance on the band's sound is pretty obvious on the tracks where he contributes.

Although Steve Wright appears on the line-up of that year, he only guests at the album, while the song-writing force continues to be the duo of Tony Wright and Andy Ditchfield. Half of the album is reserved for the 26+ minute, 6-part, title-track which shows some of the song-writing skills (and reveals some of the influences) of Ditchfield. With the exception of the Spock's Beard-influenced, "sweet"-sounding refrain whose melody returns from time to time, the rest of the song is a solid heavy piece with adequate variety on the mellower parts and doses of Neo-prog, resembling Haken and Dream Theater, boosted by the Marillion-esque keyboards of Kelly. The latter's high-point is definitely "Maybe September" where after a (rather long but beautiful) melodic introduction, the song is lifted to unimaginable heights with a powerful Neo-keyboard passage that carries it safely to conclusion. The follow-up from the instrumental "Marty and the Magic Moose" is simply stunning and along with the title track constitute a very strong middle section. Although not poor, the opening, Porcupine Tree-driven, rather simplistic, "Me and my Downfall" fails to impress, except for the instrumental passage following the second refrain, and the same applies to the (rather commercial-sounding) closing "Memo" with Nik Kershaw on lead vocals, who, nevertheless, gives a strong melodic performance.

The influence from Marillion is more than welcome in an album that balances very successfully on the heavy prog side (mostly influenced by later Porcupine Tree) and the Neo-prog injected by Kelly. The production is powerful and the whole package rather professional. Despite the small deviations from quality, the album as a whole leaves a feeling of satisfaction to the listener and flows freely, deserving not less than 3.5 stars (rounded upwards in this case).

Best moments: Maybe September, Marty and the Magic Moose, Accession

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 Half Way Home by DEEEXPUS album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.13 | 80 ratings

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Review by Memo_anathemo

4 stars After listening to the debut album HALF WAY HOME of DeeExpus, there's only one thing I could say: I'm glad there's still really good music in this planet! This album is really remarkable. Although it is marked here as a heavy prog album, which indeed it is, it also contains many elements of neo progressive sound, and that combination was really awesome. All the tracks have this trend of sounding hard at parts, melodic at others. The musicians are really remarkable, and there are some songs that resemble Porcupine Tree (especially some fragments that made me think I was about to hear "Anesthetize") but in a very different version. Deeexpus might be said to be the calm version of PT. Very good album!

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 Half Way Home by DEEEXPUS album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.13 | 80 ratings

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Half Way Home
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Review by Warthur
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4 stars Still known as The DeeExpus Project at this point, DeeExpus' first album Half Way Home finds the gang angling for a place amongst the UK's new prog innovators. It's clear that the band all have a deep affection for the scene when they include here a song like PTtee, which is a song about going to a Porcupine Tree concert and how ace Steven Wilson and his band are, and there's definitely a Stupid Dream/Lightbulb Sun-era Porcupine Tree influence at work here. Still, the band are capable enough that these occasional acts of homage don't descend into pastiche, and the album as a whole is a fun listen.

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 Far From Home by DEEEXPUS album cover DVD/Video, 2009
4.02 | 16 ratings

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DeeExpus Heavy Prog

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Deeexpus's live in Poland is quite an achievement for a debutante band on its first album and from the opening snow-plow heavy 'prog 'Greed' , the general impression is where has my jaw fallen? Darn, I need my mouth to talk! Well, my fingers will do all the work; at least they have been left intact! All the musicians impress mightily, bass monster Ian Raine looks utterly menacing, keyboardist Marc Jolliffe quite the contrary, while Andy Ditchfield and Steve Wright interlock their fretboards convincingly. Drumster Kev Jager pummels his kit with complete abandon and vocalist Tony Wright sings like the wind. What can be more pleasing?

'Pttee' is a barely veiled homage to Porcupine Tree, possessing the same clanging contrasts between groove psychedelia, raging electric onslaughts and tight rhythms. The prowess is deafening, between Ditchfield burning up the guitar and the pooling of achingly beautiful emotions, deftly portrayed by the hearty lead vocalist.

'One 8' is where their ability to craft lush symphonics comes to the forefront, a talented vision of melody, deep felt passion and structural instrumentalism. From the initial pastoral serenity painted by puerile piano tappings, the sweet lullaby begins to take shape and penetrate profoundly into the bliss. Suddenly as expected, the mood turns slowly more aggressive and then outright speedy, axes ablaze and riffing hard and fast, Raine pushing it all along like a death-metal he-man (he looks the part, too). A Wishbone Ash-like dual guitar barrage will undoubtedly elate the fans of such parallel forces at work.

'Pointless Child' is even more sedate, a sadly distressing affair, with mortal lyrics and a deadly chorus, using multiple backing vocals with guitars unafraid to buzz in the background. Breezy, crystalline and vibrant. The sing-along qualities are nothing to pooh- pooh, it's plain exhilarating! Loopy synths and all.

'Red' (no, not the KC song) is an original non-album comp that succeeds astrally, wonder why it never made it to record as it's a lovely slice of classic British prog, with all the usual suspects ingrained within the fabric of the song. Soulful singing and elegant accompaniment, flayed first by a terrific organ rumble, vibrating merrily and then slain by a driving axe solo full of vigor and sizzle. A colossal wave finale sets this one down to rest, Raine and Jager really punishing.

They finish off their brief opening slot of a multiple billing in Katowice with the bold, daring and epic 17 minute piece 'Half Way Home', a soon-to-be prog classic. In keeping with the theme of tragedy and despair, the subject is suicide, never an easy narrative but an epidemic nevertheless that has plagued humanity since time immemorial. This epic has all the adornments and grandiosity one could ask for but in a modern, hard-hitting format. The wah-wah pedal is used a la Steve Wilson, crashing, careening and carving crazily. Then, starkly, the forlorn mood is elevated by tape effects of an academic narration, gloomily morphing into rage, confusion and anger. Raine presses boldly on his chubby bass. Jager hits 'em hard between the eyes.

Encore, you ask? The sleeping beauty '7 Nights' puts all this magical music in perspective, entirely entertaining and riveting, wielding a huge chorus and some slithery synthesizer playing. A highlight track that has all the goods in spades (clubs, hearts and diamonds too), amazing on the debut disc and even better live! There is that unmistakable Level 42 vibe mentioned in my album review,

Knowing that 2 other more established bands were to follow, (Overhead and RPWL) the crowd showed amazing enthusiasm for the effort, a sure sign of impacting the unexpectant crowd and forging a future career. the band genuinely enjoyed themselves and the crowd. seeing is believing , what a talent here!

The slick package comes with a full CD version, bonus tracks, band interview and extra video. Yup! A star is born!

4.5 rest areas

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 Half Way Home by DEEEXPUS album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.13 | 80 ratings

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Half Way Home
DeeExpus Heavy Prog

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

5 stars I liked Deeexpus' 'The King of Number 33' so much; I went out and lassoed their debut as well as their Live in Poland DVD, mostly due to the amazing sounds that I witnessed on that magic second album. My favorite drummer Henry Rogers plays on the DVD but not on the debut, which suits me fine,

'Greed' is malicious opener, armed with a punishing barrage of mighty drums (Leigh Crowther), flailing along to the keyboard ('Cynthia'sizer again) sway, backed by gorgeous Tony Wright vocals and a Phil Sloane lead guitar solo. The setting is metallic heavy-prog like In Absentia-era Porcupine Tree, relentlessly hacking away at the pleasure nodes. Bassist Ian Raine holds down a cavernous low-end, dexterous and powerful, a dream come true for bass fans, what a cool and simple riff can do to an arrangement, what a way to kick of a debut disc! Phew!

'Pointless Child' forges the melancholia ahead, very despondent and binary rhythms unite to form a classical prog- ballad, presenting a valorous vocal full of emotion, the bass bubbling along and the bashing drums. The piano sits way in front, almost childlike in its expression, as the song becomes more upbeat and graceful, at times even close to breezy and well-crafted English pop (say Supertramp with a wicked guitar).

If Porcupine Tree was referenced earlier, here is the undeniable proof in the pudding! A track called 'PTtee' is no coincidence and the music within involves a Kraftwerk-like drone intro on ponging synths (TEE-era) and the impetuous guitars pummeling mightily, razor- sharp and lethal, the rumbling surge devastates , only to be briefly softened by an elegant piano sortie. Crowther is no slouch on the drummies, hitting hard and often! This is another awesome track, gargantuan pillars of 'boom' batter the brain into proggy submission, showing why there has been so much recent adulation for this talented band. The seeds were set here for the sophomore release of which this is a fine (though tougher) brother. A Manfred Mann-like synth blast (Mike Henderson ) adds even higher octane fuel to the incandescent fire, slipping into a serene mid-section with e-piano (devilish decision!). The colossal guitar solo is ridiculously raucous, careening outrageously and brashly untamed, searing the chorus all the way. Phew!

'One Eight' mellows the atmosphere somewhat, an effortless piano theme and a sweepingly sweet voice dance in loving embrace , hip to hip and lip to lip. It's a slow comprehensive song, with massive orchestrations that suddenly (you guessed it) gets heavy. An extended Sloane onslaught (word games again!) leaves any potential indifference far behind, catapulting the piece forward like a laser-guided projectile. Power ending, boom! Phew!

Snippet time for 'One Day' , a Beatles White Album-like ditty , pastoral Englishness front and center, cricket and crumpets, if you please!

'Seven Nights' owns a bass riff to exhale for and some delectable Tony Wright vocals, soulful, groovy and memorable, held together by an accessible chorus, all amalgamate like a proggier Level 42. Insistant synths and drums induce hypnosis and ultimately the Formula One guitar solo nails you to the cross. Titanic track, this! Phew! To have the sheer audacity to end their premiere release with a 17 minute rambler, well'..That's ballsy! The title track 'Half Way Home' has all the ingredients necessary to vulcanize the finest pedigree of prog . The usual premeditated cheerful introduction blooms into a shimmering refrain, organ trembling mightily, guitars clanging with joy and exalted vocals. The bass and drum arsenal packs a tight punch and batter ahead mercilessly. The raging guitar swirls screech amid the leaden riffs, veering nearly into heavy-metal delirium. We are brought back to placidity with a forlorn narrative vocal effect and a gloomy musical pretense, pioneered by classic Pink Floyd, the bass taking over the controls to the heart of the home. Intensely dreamy and touching, the epic searches out many volatile sonic landscapes, blending luxuriant symphonics with stunning effect (cascades of mellotron). Then things boom-boom again, break-neck sizzle, machine gun guitar, bass and drum salvos, what a climate of swirling panacea! I have rarely witnessed such a powerful progressive rock epic. My goodness! Phew!

This is the essence of Deeexpus' talent, the ability to go from very heavy to very airy, and back, without being corny and mostly, by adhering to the structural purity of their craft. That is laudable to the hilt. Andy Ditchfield is another musical genius, I can assure you! A star is born!

5 Phews

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 The King Of Number 33 by DEEEXPUS album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.07 | 210 ratings

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The King Of Number 33
DeeExpus Heavy Prog

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

5 stars I am glad my sights finally landed on this sophomore release amid a few initial bumble bee buzzes that produced no honey, then taking the leap to pursue and purchase this lovely disc after listening to the live 'Memo' clip on their website. This clicker was the presence of Henry Rogers, a stupendous drummer who first caught my attention with fellow British band Touchstone. This guy plays meaty, beefy fills that hint at past greats like Bonham and Taylor, propelling the harder-edged music with great aplomb, a very manly approach to the drums in a style that immediately grabs one's attention.

'Me and My Downfall' kicks this one right into immediate overdrive, no quarter asked or given. Stubborn, swift and solid like some of the recent PTree material where sweeping keys and menacing guitar snarls, booming bass and the Rogers steamroller elevate the tune to glorious heights, with dejected RPWL's Yogi Lang-like vocals providing the brisk doom and gloom. The dead simple mid-section has the burnt smell of oily turbo charged riffs that can only induce a smile from the most jaded listener. This rocks and rocks well. What an opening salvo!

'Maybe September' is dripping in opaque synth and cello-driven melancholia, intensely autumnal and desolately beautiful. Upon repeated listens, this piece really exudes an incredible emotional intensity, a trembling Tony Wright vocal full of pain and delicate agony with Marillion's Mark Kelly providing that special classic touch. Take notice of the synth work here, a pure ivory blitzkrieg that is only overtaken by a thrilling axe solo from Ditchfield. Rogers batters this whole into a massive orgasmic oblivion. Phew!

Jude Kelly (Mark's little daughter?) introduces this monster highlight, with initial techno-like keys evolving into a crunch-guitar riff that explodes into this unreal main melody. Some kind of instrumental multi-tasking on the sensational 'Marty and the Magic Goose' from the supremely talented Andy Ditchfield who supplies all the swirling guitar, sinuous bass and whopping keys while Rogers keeps the rock steady. The atmosphere is chaotically controlled within a tight sonic context and its just plain superb.

The bulk of this stupendous album relies on the multi-part epic suite that gives us the title, a colossal adventure that scans the entire spectrum of modern prog, littered with achingly beautiful melodies, deadly choruses, scintillating solos and tremendous vocal work from Tony and Steve Wright, together with Ditchfield all give the arrangements a profound sense of accomplishment. Needless to say once again, Rogers pummels with unabashed gusto, confirming his obvious sense of propulsion.

The classic 'Memo' finishes this one off with utter gusto, a brilliant and memorable tune that sticks in your mind long after consumption. Rogers ripples intensely, the bass burping along, content while the melody just dredges intensely into the psyche. A perfect example of why Henry Rogers is such a kick-ass drummer, just check out and contemplate in awe his work , a shivering experience to say the least! Real drumming! Moving impeccably from hard-driving to even more majestic propulsion , maintaining that solid foundation of sound is a voice to be heard on your speakers. Play it loud?. Astonishingly, the once famed pop singer Nik Kershaw handles the vocal (the man always had a definite prog tendency) and this majestic and memorable track puts an end to an entirely satisfying sonic adventure. Fans of melodic and concussive prog such as Porcupine Tree, Haken, Galahad, RPWL, Sylvan, Silhouette, Mystery, Nine Stones Close etc'will lap this stuff up with utter glee.

A do-not-miss 2012 release.

5 stunning royal messages

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 Half Way Home by DEEEXPUS album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.13 | 80 ratings

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Half Way Home
DeeExpus Heavy Prog

Review by kev rowland
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4 stars Having enjoyed their second album so much, it only seemed right and proper to go back to the debut to see how that stacked up. Given that it was released in 2008 I am just a little behind the curve, but given the size of the prog scene here in NZ I'll forgive myself. As with their second album here is a band that is full of maturity and power ? it just doesn't seem that they have been around for such a short period of time. This is all about great songs and musicianship, combined with powerful production and stacks of hooks. There is enough complexity for any proghead, with melodies and counter-melodies throughout while at the same time the vocals lines are easy to get involved with. It is an 'immediate' album, one that can be listened to for the very first time with a smile on the face, and when it comes to the end the only sensible thing to do is to put it on again and get even further immersed in their world. They have been compared by many to Porcupine Tree, but while I can see that as an influence these guys are way more than just copyists with nods to Gentle Giant and Marillion among the mix.

One of my favourites is by far the shortest song on the album, "One Day", which is a gentle piano and acoustic guitar instrumental duet that demonstrates that beautiful music doesn't always need words, or great length. In contrast, the album closer and title track belts in at more than 17 minutes with wonderful complex rhythms and guitar lines at the beginning that cries out Mr So & So. In fact, my only complaint at the end of playing this album is that the lyrics in the booklet are just too hard to read! They may fit on two pages on font 5, but some of us are getting on a bit now?

Seriously, this is a great album from a band who at this time were more a project than a group. If you have yet to come across DeeExpus then you owe it to your ears to investigate this great British group at www.deeexpus.com

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 The King Of Number 33 by DEEEXPUS album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.07 | 210 ratings

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The King Of Number 33
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Review by kev rowland
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4 stars DeeExpus were formed in 2007 when guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Andy Ditchfield met up with singer Tony Wright, and they decided to put a band together. However, they found that they worked together really well and instead of forming a complete outfit just brought in a few guests to assist and 'Halfway Home' was released in 2008. A band was formed for the live shows, and then in 2010 it was time to start on the second album. It was about this time that Mark Kelly became involved and joined the band as a full member ? of all of the Marillion guys it is Mark that has produced the least amount in terms of additional projects, so it shows that he was keen on what he had heard. His keyboards are also much more than just an added extra, as his runs and interplay on "Maybe September" reminded me why I first fell in love with his other band thirty years ago. The line-up here has been completed by John Dawson on bass and Henry Rogers on drums (while none other than Nik Kershaw provides lead vocals on 'The Memo').

This certainly doesn't sound like only the second album, as it is a hugely polished effort moving from riffs to gentle piano and through a gamut of neo-progtastic moves. There are areas of extreme delicacy such as gentle piano, fretless bass and acoustic 12-string on "Marty and the Magic Moose" before Andy let's fly with a great guitar solo and the band brings it all together. If you enjoy bands like IQ and Galahad, then this is something you need to seek out. Mark has had to take a temporary break from the band so he has been replaced for live work by Mike Varty (Credo/Landmarq/ Shadowland) as they support Marillion on their UK tour. If you have yet to come across these guys then you need to go to www.deeexpus.com to find out more.

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 The King Of Number 33 by DEEEXPUS album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.07 | 210 ratings

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The King Of Number 33
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Review by BrufordFreak

4 stars While emanating from the heavier, more technically-oriented side of progressive rock, I am truly impressed with the production, the never boring yet never over-the-top or in-your-face song development. The instrumentalists are all EXCELLENT, the vocals are strong, the song topic choices are interesting and engaging. My only criticism is that there isn't really anything so very new, innovative, or mind-blowing exciting here. What is here is a pretty near-flawless album of top notch prog rock. I am reminded of a heavier version of BIG BIG TRAIN. Thank you for your admirable restraint and highly enjoyable start-to-finish listening experience. Faves: the cute/clever "Marty and the Magic Moose" (8/10), the Tears for Fears-tinged "The Physician and the Traitor" (8/10), the excellent bass playing on the album's climax, "Rex Mortuus Est" (8/10), the electronica and crisp, clear drumming of "Memo" (8/10). A nice addition to any prog lover's music collection. Solid four stars.

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