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Post ABRAXAS (USA) and WITSEND (USA) they change their name to SYZYGY because "the group discovered it had never technically secured the rights of the name WITSEND and someone nabbed it over the last few years." They began as a duo in the beginning of the 80's (Carl and Sam) playing in a band called ABRAXAS doing covers in a 'distinctive heavy handedness' across the midwest. They eventually splitt for a short moment allowing to them time to focus on their musical's studies. Carl and Sam wanted to move to a more progressive way, they were joined by two talented players, drummer Roman Zmudzinski and bass player Gary Prebie. The quatuor worked at that time on some musical ideas that Sam and Carl had been working on buit the band shortly disbanded because of the 'tedious developmental stage' of the band. Carl Baldassarre: electric, acoustic, and classical guitars, guitar synthesizer, bass guitar and vocals on track 2, 6
- Sam Giunta: piano, synthesizers - Paul Mihacevich: drums & percussions and vocals (Track 1) - All Rolik : bass (track 2, 7)

Sam and Carl pursuit their work, and were joined by Paul Mihacevich a neighbor of Sam alittle bit later, he was the guy, WITSEND is now a trio in which Sam take the bas parts in one hand and the keyboards' parts on the other hand, he still share the bass part with Carl today.

The first CD 'Cosmos and Chaos' was out in 1993. "Since that time they, the guys have been busy studying, writting, recording and most important raising families (9 Kids between the three family). So it's the life, it take ten years to recorded and release the second CD 'Allegory of Light'. By the way the band change their name to SYZYGY but it's the same band. (Taken from the official biography). Want to read more from SYZYGY log in on to -http://www.syzygymusic.com/Bios/History.htm

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3.16 | 11 ratings
Cosmos and Chaos (as Witsend)
1993
3.75 | 49 ratings
The Allegory of Light
2003
3.82 | 59 ratings
Realms of Eternity
2009

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4.83 | 24 ratings
A Glorious Disturbance
2012

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 A Glorious Disturbance by SYZYGY album cover Live, 2012
4.83 | 24 ratings

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A Glorious Disturbance
Syzygy Crossover Prog

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions and Crossover Team

5 stars Projects like this one always make me feel good about music! Bands like Syzygy play their music for love and they know that if they do it with quality they can release boxes like A Glorious Disturbance (2012).

Syzygy is an American band and we all know that the USA doesn't have a great tradition within Progressive music. Here's a band trying to defy that! In fact, it is a bit weird to have a band like Syzygy, that has only 3 studio albums, to release a massive triple live package with CD and 2 DVDs. But maybe because the story of the band goes back 20 years ago this makes this release a special gift for fans and for the band itself!

A Glorious Disturbance (2012) was released towards the end of 2012 and shows us the band in 2 different concerts: 3RP Festival that took place in 2009 when the band was releasing their album Realms Of Eternity (2009); and Day Of Prog Festival that happened in 2010.

The audio on the CD version was brilliantly recorded and the band formed by Carl Baldassarre (guitar and vocals), Sam Giunta (keyboards), Paul Mihacevich (drums and percussion), Al Rolik (bass) and the special guest Mark Boals (vocals), was sharp as a new knife! Syzygy plays with passion and perfection. 'Mount Ethereal' is a modern Prog classic and you can hear why in this version!

The first DVD contains the 2 full concerts. In the 2009 show they had multiple cameras filming and you can actually see how much the band enjoyed the show! In the 2010 concert they had a big screen on the stage and again numerous cameras. Both concerts are simply filmed but very professionally and you have a great sound and many details! 'Circadian Rhythm' is such an amazing song in the DVD set. To close wonderfully the DVD, after over an hour of great Syzygy material they close with 2 cover songs: 'In The Dead Of The Night (UK) and 'Burn' (Deep Purple). On the last one Mark Boals does such an amazing job with the vocals! Just amazing!

Now, the live content is just amazing and alone they are worth the box, but I admit that my favorite disc is the third one, with the special features. I always love special features on DVDs. There's a round table with the band members where they tell us their own story bit by bit. Just great! We also have a big interview with band leader Carl Baldassarre, a kind of making off with the process of writing their previous album, which is just astonishing, and also an interview with singer Mark Boals.

A Glorious Disturbance (2012) is the best business card for a band ever! If you're a fan this is a must have, if you're new to the band it's also a must have and finally if you're into Prog at all this is a huge must have! And if you ever wondered where all the great Prog bands have gone? Syzygy is your answer! So, what you're waiting for!?!?

Highly recommended!

(Originally posted on progshine.net)

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 The Allegory of Light  by SYZYGY album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.75 | 49 ratings

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The Allegory of Light
Syzygy Crossover Prog

Review by Conor Fynes
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3 stars 'The Allegory of Light' - Syzygy (6/10)

Look back to the early 90's; progressive rock had met an existential crisis, the 'Neo' wave of progressive bands were in steady decline, and the bands making the boldest statements in prog tended to be metal. It's not the ideal scenario for a vintage-inspired progressive rock band to get their headstart, but it didn't stop the US proggers Witsend and their 1993 debut, "Cosmos and Chaos". Weighting inventive instrumental prog and nylon-string classical guitar pieces in equal measure, Witsend's debut showed a young band with plenty of potential. Alas, Witsend disappeared, and nothing was heard of them until a decade later, when they reappeared as Syzygy. Although "The Allegory of Light" is now ten years old (thus making the story of Witsend twenty years aged at this point), its importance to the development and artistic maturation of Syzygy cannot be underrated. Syzygy's technically second album witnesses some marked improvements in the band's skill and craft, and though Syzygy's second effort has still not sold me entirely on what they're all about, there's no denying it; Syzygy are one of the most technically skilled bands among the US prog revival.

It's no surprise that a band would have experienced some degree of evolution and improvement over a ten year period, and that certainly rings true for Syzygy's return to the scene. Although Witsend had an impressive grasp of technical skill and musicality on "Cosmos and Chaos", there's a notable improvement in the way Syzygy play together. While the debut focused moreso on a balanced mix between traditional prog and Carl Baldassarre's nylon guitar pieces, "The Allegory of Light" puts a marked focus on their more complex and band-oriented side. Although there's a smattering of vocals throughout the album (provided here by Baldassarre himself), Syzygy capitalizes on their instrumental merits. Without the burden of making room for vocal parts, "The Allegory of Light" blossoms as a demonstration of technical might and tightness. Syzygy's take on progressive rock is far too hooked on vintage tradition to call it entirely 'modern', they're clearly aware of some of the scene's more recent developments. Though not metal by any means, Syzygy infuse their proggy observations with a grit and technical muster very rarely seen in the old days. The solo work of Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett is a close comparison to make with the sound these guys go for, although given the added modern edge, it wouldn't be out of place to compare Syzygy to progressive supergroup Transatlantic.

Although "The Allegory of Light" glows with the impressive chops of the musicians involved, Syzygy doesn't earn points on the side of originality. Although their production standard and extent of technicality give slight indications as to their modernity, Syzygy are locked in territory that should be familiar to progressive rock fans. Especially when they go fully instrumental, they often skirt the boundary between the lighter, lush and symphonic side of things, and the complex, tech-savvy end of the spectrum. It seems every major band that came out of the traditional progressive scene navigated this same territory to some extent, and though it's doubtful that there were too many bands outside of King Crimson and Gentle Giant that assumed Syzygy's focus on technicality, the fact remains that it's something that's been heard before, long before the days of Witsend, even. Homage to the glory days of progressive rock is precisely what Syzygy are wanting to do however; their expressed desire to celebrate a so-called 'dying art form' sheds some light on what they have tried to do with "The Allegory of Light". While not exploring beyond the set boundaries, Syzygy are flourishing within them.

The compositions are often dense and challenging, no doubt for the musicians involved but also for the listeners. By contrast, Syzygy's sound becomes incredibly easy listening whenever they offer room for Carl Baldassarre's voice. Sparing "Forbidden"- which itself makes for a fairly enjoyable acoustic ballad with a comfortable dose of melancholy - Syzygy's approach is not particularly well-suited to welcoming vocals. While Carl's voice is not weak, his singing is a little thin, and adds little to the musical experience. Indeed, Syzygy sound most inspired when they're doing what they love most; creating the impression of a symphony through rock instruments. Unlike "Cosmos and Chaos" which featured a fairly marked emphasis on Baldassarre's guitar playing, the instrumentation on "The Allegory of Light" feels remarkably well-balanced between the musicians. There are great things to be said about all three, but Paul Mihacevich's drumwork stands out the post this time around, providing a surprisingly dramatic and theatrical flair with his lively percussion.

From a technical standpoint, there's very little of an ill nature that can be said about Syzygy and their performances on "The Allegory of Light". Their technicality sheds light on three lifetimes of studious practice and skill-building, and it most certainly reflects in the music itself. Perhaps it's simply a matter of taste that I prefer to have heard less of what naysayers might call 'noodling', but Syzygy's focus on technical chops and complexity only partially scratches my musical itch. For all of the instrumental tightness and compositional bombast, Syzygy feel held back by their devotion to progressive tradition. While "The Allegory of Light" may be a more technically impressive album than, say, Steve Hackett's "The Voyage of the Acolyte", Hackett's album stands out more to me through its use of melody and when to pull back. Much like "Cosmos and Chaos", I am hearing the potential for musical brilliance, but it doesn't quite reach its mark. I find myself connecting to the music on an intellectual level, but not emotionally.

Although Syzygy made an objective improvement here when compared to their old days as Witsend, I cannot say that I am any more touched as a listener. For all of its technical wizardry and signs of brilliance, "The Allegory of Light" still feels like a relatively dry take on the tried-and-true progressive rock formula. There are ideas and orchestrations here that could have swept me away, but these standout moments are never given room enough to breathe; for every moment I'm impressed or stirred, there's an idea following swiftly behind it to kill the momentum. Ultimately, it's an unfortunate case of the result not adding up to the sum of its parts. While "The Allegory of Light" seems to fall into a typical progressive rock rut of wanting to sound ambitious without taking the necessary risks, there is no denying that Syzygy have one of the tightest performance standards you're bound to find in the US prog canon. Lovers of instrumental progressive rock will find plenty of gems here. It's not a smooth ride, but if the taste suits your palette, it's certainly worthwhile.

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 Cosmos and Chaos (as Witsend) by SYZYGY album cover Studio Album, 1993
3.16 | 11 ratings

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Cosmos and Chaos (as Witsend)
Syzygy Crossover Prog

Review by Conor Fynes
Prog Reviewer

3 stars 'Cosmos and Chaos' - Witsend (6/10)

Now known as Syzygy, Witsend carved out a firm niche for themselves in the US progressive scene in the early '90's. Although Syzygy have had significantly greater success in more recent years with two solid follow-up albums and an excellent live recording to date, Witsend's creative statement could be said to have started and stopped with "Cosmos and Chaos". Released in 1993 on the tail-end of the surprisingly widespread neo-prog sound, Witsend's style was a familiar blend of Genesis-inspired progressive rock, tempered only by its distinct focus on acoustic guitar. As is the case with all good debut albums, "Cosmos and Chaos" demonstrates healthy potential on all fronts. Its patchy album structure and innocuously derivative style notwithstanding, "Cosmos and Chaos" is a pleasantly enjoyable start for they who would come to call themselves Syzygy.

While the album's title may have listeners expecting something of a more rampant and unpredictable nature, "Cosmos and Chaos" as a name gives the album a sense of being binary, with its parts being placed into either the Cosmic, or Chaotic categories. Musically speaking, Witsend strike a fairly equal balance between a largely instrumental symphonic prog style and gracefully subdued nylon-string acoustic pieces. The album is so firmly split between these two styles that it almost seems fairer to regard the two sets of music separately. Of the two approaches, Witsend's full-band prog is by far the more engaging of the two. Although guitarist Carl Baldassarre offers vocals on "Circadian Rhythm", Witsend's brand of progressive rock is kept almost entirely instrumental. Think some of the stuff Steve Hackett did during his solo career, and you wouldn't be far off the mark.

Although Baldassarre is behind most of the writing on the album, Witsend's music is pleasantly balanced as a three-piece. Without vocals to keep the music rooted in one place for too long, there is plenty of mobility for the guitars and keyboards to pass the torch between each other, the drums all the while offering some impressively dynamic rhythms to keep the other two on their toes. Above all else, it's the musicianship that impresses most here. The compositions are lively and tend to offer plenty of space for the musicians to strut their skill, without treading into the world of instrumental noodling. In spite of Witsend's evident skill with progressive rock however, there's no sense that the band has dared to venture past the boundaries set down by their predecessors. The assortment of vintage keyboards, warm electric tones and theatrical drumming all beg to be called progressive rock cliches. Thanks in large part due to how well Witsend are able to play their respective instruments, this lack of an individual identity isn't a death knell for the music; rather, it stands as a barrier keeping the band's compositional skill from reaching greatness.

The acoustic pieces are far less involved (or involving) than the progressive rock pieces, but they add a bit of a unique flair to Witsend that may have otherwise been lacking. Although it's clear where most of the creative efforts go, many Baldassarre's acoustic tunes are pleasant and well done. Once again, Steve Hackett comes to mind. Baldassarre certainly seems to share Hackett's love of classical guitar music, and it's a charming counterpoint to the more intense rock material. "Etude No. 1 For Guitar" is a particularly enjoyable piece- although it's about as easy-listening as it gets, Baldassarre's composition with the acoustic is very tasteful. Although I think these acoustic (and handful of piano) pieces do well to provide a welcome contrast to the more familiar progressive rock sound, the album tends to follow a pattern of falling back and forth between the two approaches without a sense of segue or flow. As a result, "Cosmos and Chaos" seems to have been released at a point where it gives the impression of being a 'collection of tracks' rather than a start-to-finish album. In many styles, that would be fine- after all, the joy in many sorts of music lies in the song itself. Being that Witsend have made a clear decision to follow progressive rock canon, the album's unfocused structure holds the album back. Even the apparent finale "Chaos"- which attempts to wrap up the album by sampling moments earlier in the album- is a mixed success at best.

Witsend didn't strike gold on "Cosmos and Chaos", but their willingness to place such a focus on a style beyond rock or even prog rock convention deserves commendation. Witsend exhibit plenty of musical skill and an impressive grasp of production quality here. It's an unfortunate and all-too common disappointment to hear such talented prog musicians opting to follow the paths of their influences to the detail like this, but Witsend have enough musical goodies in store to make it a worthy listen or purchase for dedicated fans of instrumental progressive music. It's a solid foundation for the greener pastures Syzygy would later frolic in. To quote the oft-used expression: "Close, but no cigar."

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 A Glorious Disturbance by SYZYGY album cover Live, 2012
4.83 | 24 ratings

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A Glorious Disturbance
Syzygy Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars US band SYZYGY was formed in 2003, but with a past history going back to the 1990's and a band then called Witsend. They released their first album as Syzygy in 2003, and six years later their so far most recent studio album "Realms of Eternity" appeared. Towards the end of 2012 their so far most recent release appeared, a massive box set consisting of two DVDs and one CD, featuring concert footage and extensive interviews with the band. And as with their previous creations, self-released through the band's own label.

"A Glorious Disturbance" is a box-set that merits a description as glorious. Good quality live video footage, excellent quality live audio footage, and a separate special features DVD with insightful and interesting sections. There's a lot of value for money here, and the sheer quality of the band shines through on all the material features. A certain fondness for sophisticated 70's hard rock in general is required, as well as a taste for progressive rock from the same decade. A band that should appeal broadly, with a possible key audience those who have Deep Purple, Genesis and ELP side by side in their music collection.

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 Realms of Eternity by SYZYGY album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.82 | 59 ratings

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Realms of Eternity
Syzygy Crossover Prog

Review by FragileKings

5 stars Imagine having an equalizer that allows you to adjust the amount of influence, style, or sound of a set list of prog bands and create a new band sound. Let's say you were to set Glass Hammer to 7 (out of 10, not 11), Dream Theater to 1, Wobbler to 1.5, Anima Mundi to 0.5, Cairo to 3, and well, a couple of other bands could be set in there two and the appropriate adjustments made. You might very well end up with something that sounds like Syzygy's "Realms of Eternity".

Modern day prog music is a funny fish. In the 70's, everyone was busy coming up with their own thing. In the 80's, the old guard were trying to reinvent themselves while the young ones who grew up with 70's prog tried to make it work in the new music scene, giving us neo-prog and progressive metal. But after grunge had its moment in the limelight in the 90's, progressive rock made a miraculous recovery. The new bands of the day could take their influences from the 70's and the more interesting developments of the 80's and begin making a new style of progressive rock. Now nearly 20 years have passed since prog's back-to-being-respectable revival and in the recent years it seems to be sitting quite confidently in its rightful throne. It's very common for reviewers to cite prog influences of the 70's in music even as recent as this year; however, in my opinion, the 70's are no more obvious here than in shadows and traces. Listening to this album reminded me much more of prog music of the last two decades than the first decade. Thus I mentioned the groups above (though I was reminded once or twice of Jethro Tull and Dixie Dregs).

But this is one exciting album! Before the first track had finished I was already thinking of my review. By the time the album was over I was already thinking of playing again on my way home from work. There are prog albums that you know are going to be good once you have a chance to get into them. And then there's an album like this where right off the bat you know it is going to get played a lot. I had to pay a hefty penny for this as an import in Japan but it was worth every yen, and it hasn't left my ear buds since!

So, what's so freaking spectacular about this album? This is exactly what I expect a prog rock album to sound like. Let's go over my checklist.

Guitars: acoustic strumming and picking, clean electric, distorted heavy guitar, gentle effects and quick runs and bursts, varied time signatures and tempo, odd pacing, jazz and classical influences. Check.

Keyboards: piano, synthesizer, moog, organ, delicate, funky, spacey, atmospheric, rockin' - it's all there. Add guitar/keyboard interplay and you're there. Check.

Bass: a chunky low end that holds it's own and even sets the riff, a low end that stops and turns on a dime. Check.

Drums: anything is possible from rapid fire bursts and fills to odd beats to creative percussion to slow gentle steady rhythms. Check.

Strong vocals: I don't expect good vocals from every prog band (Lord knows there are some great musicians out there who can't hold a note vocally) but this guy, Mark Boals, who sings as a guest vocalist on four tracks has the right mix of edge and melody. He is a true singer. A funny thing, I was listening to "Darkfield" and thinking, "Who is this guy? I know this voice but from where?" The second time through I was at last able to place him ? vocalist on Uli Jon Roth's "Under a Dark Sky". I didn't find him too impressive on that album and actually thought he sounded too generic as a hard rock vocalist. But I think he sounds better here (though I was reminded of Uli's album in the heavier parts of this album) and perhaps suits the music and style of this album more than he does Uli's album which is so heavy in theme and music (symphony and choir with rock band). Syzygy add harmony vocals and beautiful harmony choruses (one part reminds me of Cross but you'd be more likely to say Yes) and so you can check all that too.

Eclectic music: rich synthesizer sounds, hard rock and metal guitar, acoustic pieces with strings and flute, weird twists and turns and stops and starts, jazzy sections, funky sections, spacey sections, AOR rock sections, folk, classical - it's all here. Check

Mini epics and a suite: two songs are over 10 minutes, one is over 16 minutes, and "The Sea" forms a suite of 8 movements or parts or sections, whatever you want to call them. These eight parts are divided into separate tracks but follow the theme of the suite and despite their diversity (acoustic guitar with flute to almost progressive metal) everything seems to have its rightful place. Nothing comes across as added just to show that they are capable of playing it. Check.

Instrumentals: Lovely short acoustic ones and rollicking crazy bombastic ones. Check.

Complex music: Check.

Syzygy have simply put it all together into one incredible album. When someone asks me what progressive rock is I always think about what is a good album to lend them as a definitive example, and that might be classic Yes or Genesis, or recent stuff by Wobbler or Galahad. This album sums it up very well, I think. It's amazing that this is only the group's third album between 1993 and 2009, but then again it seems like the time in between is where they learn their chops and get it all together to make a killer album. At just over 77 minutes I would normally say that it's too long, but dividing the album into a set of individual tracks and a suite seems to justify the length. The album is never boring or repetitive. It's just so darn well done through and through. I can't find fault here. And I read that Steve Hackett and Patrick Moraz both gave this album their highest praise.

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 A Glorious Disturbance by SYZYGY album cover Live, 2012
4.83 | 24 ratings

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A Glorious Disturbance
Syzygy Crossover Prog

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator Psych/Space Team & Band Submissions

5 stars I Had A Vision Of Waging A Fight ...

... when SYZYGY appeared in 2012 with this highly appraised live document. Oh, it really took time - I mean listening 20 or 30 times (in total or partially) at least - until it totally clicked. A perfect album, thus I've problems to find the right words. Man! This sounds as if they were gigging all over the year (just like Umphrey's McGee maybe, for your guidance). So much the more surprising this is, when you consider, that lead vocalist Mark Boals is not even listed as a regular band member. And I don't expect that they have post processed a lot here. Tricky compositions, musicianship and interaction is absolutely flawless, a proper sound mix - there's really nothing to gripe about, no way.

By accident - with best thanks to the progstreaming website - I came in touch with this band. The nine songs, put on the live CD, were caught in 2009 respectively 2010 on two different US festivals - fine melodic progressive rock, provided with respectable symphonic touch, though some popular and jazzy moments are also offered. Not being aware of their studio output, it's not up to me to ponder over the song selection - in any case you'll find two nice acoustic guitar driven and more mainstream oriented pieces called Circadian Rhythm and Beggar's Tale - but predominantly this is rocking with some valuable heaviness, as one would expect from an impressive live occasion.

To name some of the (very very) exceptional songs, I'll start with Mount Ethereal - originally recorded under the moniker Witsend during their very early times. They let it flow including an improv solo section, the piano and guitar appearance is brilliant. Dreams shines with polyphonic vocals, a gripping affair while continuously alternating pace and mood, heavily rocking and charming moments, this based on lengthy instrumental activity. In between they are on the way to The Coronation with some Deep Purple touch (vocals above all).

'I'm The Master Of The House You Live' - M.O.T.H. - it all starts with a little pun ... and ends with the absolute highlight lately. This extended song sums up all their qualities. The symphonic orientation, melody, trickiness, variety, joy of playing ... obviously they have the rock in their DNA ... and even more. There's a fusion touched interlude to detect due to piano and guitar solo interaction. Eh ....I think that's it for almost all the positive attributes which are on hand at the moment ... oh, wait, I just experienced a glorious disturbance ...

... I adore the guitar solos, the wonderful vocal harmonies - lyrics are provided by guitarist Carl Baldassarre by the way. With keyboarder Sam Guinta on his side he's currently writing on new studio material. Those who like to hear stuff from bands like Saga, Salem Hill, IZZ, The Flower Kings will feel comfortable here, are in good hands at least ... I'm really excited anyhow, pretty much in the same way when I stumbled upon Big Big Train's 'The Underfall Yard'. Highly recommended - you can't get enough of a good thing - simply a masterpiece!

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 Realms of Eternity by SYZYGY album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.82 | 59 ratings

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Realms of Eternity
Syzygy Crossover Prog

Review by BORA

3 stars Eternity? More like the end of the human race...

Powerful and violently aggressive - in a musical sense. I don't mean to mix music with politics, but my first impression was that these cats could deal with the Taliban (add a few thousand civilians in "collateral damage:) singlehandedly. Or send them to the mines and the coals would emerge with hands high up in the air. Who needs NATO, or miners when Syzygy are around?

No, this music is not crap at all, rather the opposite, frightfully skilled and precise delivery. But it scares me, honestly. Like with a marksman sniper, one stands zero chance.

The musicianship is First Class, but as I indicated before, the end result scares me. I certainly wouldn't like my daughter dating any of these dudes. That robust energy is just way over the top for me, primarily because it's so powerful - and I grew up on Black Sabbath!

Not sure if I am going to keep this album. At times some tunes remind me even of Gentle Giant, but in place of delicate subtlety, I hear raw power. I could easily get sucked into liking this album, but I'd have concerns about it's effect on my mental state, I kid you not! A veteran of over 40 years of Prog appreciation, I don't sit comfortably with the energy this album brings to my home. Way too aggressive, inviting violent tendencies.

In all fairness, I'll rate them as a 3 for their combined skills and abilities, but they just don't fit comfortably with preferable artistic expressions.

Crossover is an appropriate genre for the band as they showcase many different styles. Comfortable with many, faithful to none - like "any way the wind blows" Hollywood bimboes with an AK-47 in hand. Seductive, but dangerous.

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 A Glorious Disturbance by SYZYGY album cover Live, 2012
4.83 | 24 ratings

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A Glorious Disturbance
Syzygy Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

5 stars There are times, not often it has to be said, that I open a package and can't wait to get the music onto the player as I am so excited just by the content that I already know that this is going to be something special. The first thing out of the envelope was an A4 loose leaf folder which is packed full of biographies, photos, and stacks of information. There is one page just dedicated to the comments from a certain Mr. Steve Hackett who contacted the band regarding their album 'Realms of Eternity' saying "It's beautifully written and recorded and easily the best I've ever been given to listen to" and "I usually hope for a masterpiece everytime I play an unknown quantity (to me) but this is the only time the dream has been fully delivered" among other comments. Now, unlike Steve I am aware of Syzygy and Witsend but even I wasn't prepared for what was next out of the envelope, a double Digipak of their new album. When I looked more closely I discovered that was I had in my hands was a triple disc live set, with two DVDs and a CD plus a small fold-out booklet with loads of pics. I mean, for heaven's sake, this is a band that does it all on their own with no record label support, yet have produced one of the finest live releases I have ever come across. And at this point I had yet to put in on the player!!!!!

So, being the contrary person I am, I went for the third disc first which is actually the CD. Now, rock vocalist Mark Boals sings for these guys, but they are primarily an instrumental act although he does appear with them both live and in the studio, so there are always long instrumental passages which gives them the chance to stretch their wings, and they definitely take the opportunity. Classic symphonic prog, through neo-prog, fusion as they toy with jazz styles, melodic rock, great harmony vocals, keyboard/guitar interplay, it's all here as all the guys demonstrate what incredible musicians they all are. To be honest, I would have raved about this album if there was only just the one CD, let alone having two other concerts to watch, interviews and discussions etc. There are three hours of DVD and well over an hour on the CD, and if you have yet to come across this incredible band then you need to right that wrong now and visit www.syzygymusic.com for more information.

The only reason that I give this five out of five is that I'm not allowed to give it more.

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 A Glorious Disturbance by SYZYGY album cover Live, 2012
4.83 | 24 ratings

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A Glorious Disturbance
Syzygy Crossover Prog

Review by Ovidiu

5 stars Finally,our beloved band managed to release this ambitious project-a triple album,charged with 2 DVDs and a great LIVE cd...a dream that comes true,a great achievement for this extremelly talanted band-one of the surest values of the American prog rock scene -crossover prog-or I don't know how to call their style?Anyway-on this triple album,we can admire the amazing technical capacities of the band and the great talent at compositions too!On stage- the guys are like a fish in the bowl-relaxed and masters of their own skills,which are very impressive,I must say!MARK BOALS is trully inspired and fits better and better with the band,he finds here an unique vocal style-really different with what we know from him with MALMSTEEN,7 THE HARD WAY,RING OF FIRE or THE CODEX!SYZYGY's music is very progressive and the technical wizardry from the guys makes to have a very complete and complex musical message-so Boals must find a very clever and complicated way to push his vocals into the whole ensemble!And he did it with class and style!The compositions get another dimension on stage-that's true-and I really admire and respect the great musical alchemy between all the guys in the band-very solid and strong cohesion -musically speaking! The quality of the footage is impressive-crystal clear and wonderful image-each musician is well filmed and we can see how difficult and complex is to perform such high caliber prog rock music!!We have many songs from the previous 3 albums of the band and 2 fabulous cover tracks-IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT of UK is blastering and DEEP PURPLE'S BURN is astonishig! This album is definitelly a must have for SYZYGY fans especially-but not only-a great addition in the collection of each good prog rock music-a testimony of how good prog rock music should be performed and composed-and I really appreciate the devotion and passion of the guys-they managed to have a solid reputation in the prog rock community-without any label behind!That's impressive indeed!Overall,this album is a true jewel and the definitive prove thet SYZYGY is a band with a strong identity and personaliyty and they still have many years ahead to offer to their fans good music!5 STARS FOR SOMETHING ESSENTIAL-NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT!

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 A Glorious Disturbance by SYZYGY album cover Live, 2012
4.83 | 24 ratings

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A Glorious Disturbance
Syzygy Crossover Prog

Review by Pink Freud

5 stars I am in a unique position to review this CD/DVD set because I had the pleasure of attending both of the featured concerts. As a person who was there in person I can say that the DVD and the CD both do a great job of capturing the events, and they bring back some very good memories for me.

This live album is worth getting even if you already have the band's three studio releases (Cosmos & Chaos, The Allegory of Light, and Realms of Eternity) because there are a few pieces that can technically be considered "new" as they are previously unreleased versions officially seeing the light of day for the first time. "Mount Ethereal", "Strange Loop 2", and "The Coronation" were all instrumental pieces on Cosmos & Chaos and Allegory of Light but the live renditions have lyrics and vocals (and very good lyrics and vocal, I might add) that only appear on A Glorious Disturbance.

As for the DVD, the picture and the sound are both impeccable and thankfully there aren't any ridiculous kaleidoscope visuals that have ruined other prog concert DVDs for me. The camera work is also very good, and I especially like the shot at about 12:35 of the 2009 show when Carl is soloing and he is juxtaposed with an image of himself on the screen in the background.

Bottom line: This CD/DVD set is a must buy for Syzygy fans, and for the uninitiated it is the absolute perfect place to start because it contains a cross section of some of their best material from their first three studio releases in addition to some new twists unavailable anywhere else. An excellent package overall.

-David Wimer

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