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PANGAEA

Neo-Prog • United States


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Pangaea biography
The origins of PANGAEA can be traced to the band ARTICA, which was founded by the brothers Corey Schenck (keyboards/guitars) and Andi Schenck(drums/percussion). ARTICA, which gigged in the area throughout the early and mid 1990's, Ron Poulsen (bass guitars) took his position in the group and early the following year, Darrell Masingale (vocals, guitars) joined and the definitive line-up was born. The concept for the band was to create a sound based on the classic rock and progressive rock of the past while utilizing modern sounds and styles. The idea was simple: amalgamate memorable melodies; rich harmonies; powerful rhythms, and other musical elements into compact song structures.

After their first two releases, they reaffirm their style and prepare for the apotheosis "A Time And A Place" (2003). This gem of precision fills the listener of enthusiasm for their themes, both immediately catchy and complex in their developments. Their music goes without problems from typically Neo Progressive sequences to pure moments of ambient bliss (something the great PINK FLOYD probably wouldn't have objected to), a touch of Heavy Metal here, some blazing percussions there. But whatever the future holds, this CD is a KEEPER.

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3.33 | 3 ratings
Liquid Placidity (Artica)
1995
3.11 | 9 ratings
The Rite of Passage
1997
2.31 | 11 ratings
Welcome to the Theatre...
1998
2.66 | 16 ratings
A Time & A Place
2002

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 Welcome to the Theatre...  by PANGAEA album cover Studio Album, 1998
2.31 | 11 ratings

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Welcome to the Theatre...
Pangaea Neo-Prog

Review by maryes

2 stars The third album of North-American band PANGAEA "Wellcome to the Theather", shows a strong influence of ASIA first albuns and by consequence of masters of prog rock like YES, E L & Palmer and KING CRIMSON (mainly this two first ) . However, "Wellcome to the Theather" is one album where in spite the quality of musicians, the final result don't express this quality nor in term of creativity and so minus in sounds like a re-creation of the above mentioned bands. In fact I consider a weak album, with a few good moments. The biggest sin of the band is a very repetitive rhythm in almost all tracks and the arrangements based in a trivial chords sequence... leaving aside the sophisticated melodies which is characteristic of a good prog rock music. I detach some few moments: track 4 'Ride It Easy " due the solo duet between guitar and keyboards, track 6 "The Fall Of Rome" ( the main theme reminds me "Cutting it Fine" by ASIA) with a interruption of the repetitive rhythm by a bluesy guitar solo and last track "Nightmare" only because is very different of majority of tracks and recalls KING CRIMSON. My rate is only 2 stars !!!
 The Rite of Passage by PANGAEA album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.11 | 9 ratings

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The Rite of Passage
Pangaea Neo-Prog

Review by erik neuteboom
Prog Reviewer

3 stars This second album by USA progrock band Pangaea was produced by Robert Berry, of GTR fame. His influence on the sound is quite obvious: modern, tight and a bit polished.

The first track Time Syndrome showcases the skills of Pangaea: beautiful, very sparkling piano play, strong and flowing guitar work and nice musical ideas. In the long trilogy The Traveller the 'neo-prog feel' is strong featuring a tight rhythmn section and slightly predictable soli. But this doesn't keep Pangaea from making interesting prog, they put a lot of variety in their compositions (strong guitar-synthesizer duet in Theme And Fuge) and great soli: a long and sensitive guitar solo in The Ship, sampled church organ in Declaration a biting guitar solo in Lonely Is A Place. After the sumptuous up-tempo song Beggar's Hand, there is a surprise: two tracks of half a minute, then nothing and finally the very alternating song Hidden Track delivering mandoline, acoustic guitar and a heavy closing section.

This is a pretty good album by a promising band, scouting the borders between early and new progrock. My rating: 3,5 stars.



 A Time & A Place by PANGAEA album cover Studio Album, 2002
2.66 | 16 ratings

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A Time & A Place
Pangaea Neo-Prog

Review by Prog-jester
Prog Reviewer

2 stars Again we have the same problem - not Prog, really. Maybe, Neo-Prog-related? OK, add some ARENA to the scheme of "Welcome to the Theatre" album ("SWEET/SMOKIE/ SLADE mixed with some Prog"), and you'll get this one. The same way derivative and usual, still it touches me with its melodies (opening song is a really good one despite its length). Also it contains a cover of PINK FLOYD's "Time" and that's not the best track here (just believe me!). Not recommended mostly, but a good background stuff.

P.S.: I ain't trying to abuse anybody, this is just my impression and my taste. If you're die-hard PANGAEA fan, please, don't kill me, I'm too young! :-)

 Welcome to the Theatre...  by PANGAEA album cover Studio Album, 1998
2.31 | 11 ratings

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Welcome to the Theatre...
Pangaea Neo-Prog

Review by Prog-jester
Prog Reviewer

2 stars Well, starting reviewing these unreviewed albums I realised why they're unreviewed (mostly). I have almost nothing to say about this one - just look at the rating. It has good but cheesy melodical side and mediocre musicianship. Don't know how it can be prog - it sounds like 70s pop-rock bands like SWEET, SLADE and SMOKIE are trying to play something ARTish (in their opinion). I must confess, PANGAEA conquered me with their melodies and that's why I gave them 2 stars instead of deserved 1 star. Neo- Prog? Nope. Prog-Related? Maybe...but even TEN has much more Prog to offer.

Wow, I have more than 50 words about this one! A personal record I guess ;-) .To finish with, I wouldn't recommend this one to you, but you can try if you're not the Hard- Rock/Pomp-Pop-Rock hater.

 The Rite of Passage by PANGAEA album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.11 | 9 ratings

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The Rite of Passage
Pangaea Neo-Prog

Review by Greger
Prog Reviewer

3 stars PANGAEA was formed in 1987 under the name ARTICA. Their music is heavy melodic neo-progressive / symphonic rock that sometimes is close to AOR. The songs are very beautiful, well arranged and easy-listened although they have some mood and time signature changes. The music is a mix between CAMEL, DREAM THEATER, KANSAS, MARILLION and YES. The musicians are good, and the guitarist Darrell Masingale and the keyboard player Corey Schenck are the true masters in the band. My favorite tracks are "Time Syndrome", "The Ship (That Must Come In), "The Winds (Behind The Door)", "September Park", "Beggar's Hand" and the main part of the 13-minute epic trilogy "Time Traveler", especially "Pt. II Hollow Dweller". This album is quite good although it lacks in originality and production. If you have a friend who don't like progressive rock, and you want to get him into it, this could be a good album to start with. A progressive album for the masses! PANGAEA's own company Hargadein Music Group independently distributes this album. They are nowadays signed to Angular Records where they have released their second album "Welcome To The Theatre..." (1998).
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