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TORGO is a US act consisting of Farris Antoon (vocals, guitars, keyboards), Martin Antoon (guitars, soundscapes, vocals, keyboards), Ryan Talbot (bass, vocals, keyboards), Casey Wilkes (saxophone, clarinet, vocals) and Ian Paine-Jesam (percussion). All of the classically trained musicians, and aiming to give their fans a true to life multimedia experience when performing live. Their philosophy as far as performing goes: That the listener should feel like they are watching an opera, listening to a film score, and attending a rock concert all at once.

But while their live sets makes up a substantial part of their package, they have found the time to record some of their material as well. Their first finalized studio recording were released digitally in October 2011 as the album Divinity Transmissions, Phase One: Salvation for the Dead. A production where the goal was to incorporate the many-faceted musical influcences each member have brought to the table, with Yes, Tool, Porcupine Tree, Igor Stravinsky, Steve Reich and Pytor Tchaikovsky heralded as the most important ones by the band.

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 Divinity Transmissions, Phase One: Salvation for the Dead by TORGO album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.63 | 15 ratings

Divinity Transmissions, Phase One: Salvation for the Dead
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Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars Holy crow, it is not easy to review an album like Divinity Transmissions, Phase One: Salvation for the Dead.

This is the debut album from this US band. A band who are very visual on stage. And very visual on this album too.

The album start with a prelude and overture. Which gives associations to symph prog. Symph prog as in a pastisj which smells like Dream Theater and various other bands. They are cramming in a lot of influences in such a short space. Their fourteen minutes long epic Ghost of a Gunslinger follows and they even crams in even more influences from various bands. From country'n'western to americana, symph prog, Metallica, Dream Theater, Gentle Giant, ....... phew !! I am getting tired when the last tone sounds out and my pen is running out of ink. The same goes for the rest of the album too. This album is no easy listening.

The music is very competent delivered. The vocals is great. The band knows their instruments. The sound is excellent too.

This band is very active on the live front and they are doing visual gigs/happenings. I get the feeling this attitude has been transferred over to this album. Which is fine. I just wanted to mention this in this review.

The music is very good. This album is a challenge though and not made easier by the absence of any really great tracks here. This is a "nearly there" album. It is also available through Bandcamp as a pay what you want download. It is a worthy download for those here with an eclectic taste in music.

3.5 stars

Thanks to windhawk for the artist addition.

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