Syzygy - The Allegory Of Light
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Topic: Syzygy - The Allegory Of Light
Posted: November 02 2007 at 10:21
SYZYGY (USA) - The Allegory of Light Originally going by the name of Witsend (they had to change due to another group having the same name, which beckons the question how no other band is named Syzygy?) these guys released a varied, mostly instrumental and highly enjoyable album in The Allegory of Light which bears marks of greats like Rush, ELP, King Crimson and other greats of the past and present. Here's their PA bio so you can have a bit more idea: 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
"If you like these bands.... Legendary; BRAND X, CURVED AIR, DEEP PURPLE, ELP, GENESIS, GENTLE GIANT, JETHRO TULL, KING CRIMSON, UK, YES, ZAPPA and contemporaries; DREAM THEATER, FLOWER KINGS, OSI, PLANET X, PORCUPINE TREE, SPOCK'S BEARD, TRANSATLANTIC, LED ZEPPELIN, RUSH, ECHOLYN and maybe much more. You should like SYZYGY !
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They are working on new material but it will take time until a new album will be released (titled Realms Of Eternity).
Their website - http://www.syzygymusic.com/
Reviews of the album:
SYZYGY (USA) "The Allegory of Light " reviews(ratings with reviews of more than 200 characters)
SYZYGY (USA) — The Allegory of LightReview by Dan Bobrowski
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
This disc recieved my nod for "Album of the Year - 2003." Mostly instrumental, it has that quality of Darkness (Heavy) and Light (subtle) that holds a listeners attention and makes you WANT to listen. The vocals, though weak, are expressive and don't taint the overall picture of the music.
Posted Thursday, January 08, 2004, 12:40 EST | Permanent link
SYZYGY (USA) — The Allegory of LightReview by Prognut (Jose Gabriel)
I am a prog nut in all the sense, not really much in to prog-metal (with some exceptions). The Allegory of Light gets heavy at times but not that much for my taste (Thank God). There is something on this album that can not put my finger on it, but make my juices going. A fantastic discovery for me and probably without a doubt one of the top 10 best releases of last year and a fantastic way to end 2003. They probably are crazy fans of early Yes, but being said that Syzygy has make a personal and unique statement and that is what make this CD special. This comes to show that still in this time, people can make prog music at the level of the 70' without being imitators or clones. This is pure prog-Rock rigth in your face but, plenty of soft and mellow passages (Thank God again) and will probably can become a classic. I personally believe that the long instrumental suites are the best and to complement this the album come in a very nice packing and has a very good production overall. Very good/4stars.
Posted Sunday, March 28, 2004, 11:35 EST | Permanent link
SYZYGY (USA) — The Allegory of LightReview by Sean Trane (Hugues Chantraine)
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog-Folk Specialist
well this album I bought on word of mouth and written reviews in specialized press (something I usually try not to do without having heard it) and was actually fairly disappointed . If anybody is interested in acquiring my fully legit cd , I can maybe send it for say € 10.
Posted Thursday, January 13, 2005, 04:05 EST | Permanent link
SYZYGY (USA) — The Allegory of LightReview by artimuscomehome
Syzygy, the band reformed from Witsend, delivers a catchy, intelligent, and interesting mostly-instrumental record. This album is ideal to any fan of The Flower Kings, Gentle Giant, The Moody Blues, and Van Der Graff Generator. It is difficult to put a finger on exactly what trhey sound like, though they are somewhere between Gentle Giant, ELP and Jethro Tull, providing a few classical guitar/folk songs. The first song, M.O.T.H., highlights the band's lyrical and musical talent. The instrumentals are high-quality, catchy, and showcase Carl Baldassarre's extraordinory guitar talent. If you buy this record, expect to be amazed, drawn before the feet of 20 minute songs and the work of a true musical giant.
Posted Thursday, October 28, 2004, 16:15 EST | Permanent link
SYZYGY (USA) — The Allegory of LightReview by Squire Jaco
“The Allegory of Light” is the second album from the Ohio-based trio known as Syzygy. (Their fist album was recorded under the band name Witsend.) These guys are all exceptional talents on their respective instruments. I love the driving, inventive drumming of Paul Mihacevich - reminds me most often of Neal Peart, though his own list of influences includes primarily jazz or fusion drummers. Sam Giunta’s keyboards mostly have that Keith Emerson presence to them. And Carl Baldassarre plays most of the lead and melody lines using a wide guitar palette - from acoustic Steve Howe to near-metal John Petrucci.
Posted Thursday, April 26, 2007, 14:27 EST | Permanent link
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1. M.O.T.H. (11:20)
- Carl Baldassarre / guitars, guitar synth, bass, vocals
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|Posted: November 02 2007 at 22:36|
Incredible band and album!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Before they changed their name they were called Witsend and released a pretty awesome album called Cosmos & Chaos,I urge everyone to also check that out.
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