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Panta Rhei


Symphonic Prog

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2 stars Expect the unexpected

This album is different to the collection released in 2002 under a similar title. Here we have nine tracks, some of which are reasonably long, which for one reason or another were excluded from official albums.

The opening "Dies Irae" starts off sounding like an exact cover of Pink Floyd's "On the run" but quickly changes into a more orthodox female vocal led song with a plodding beat. It is one of five tracks (the first five) here which were recorded for the film projects of director Gabor Body. The following "Napkitores" came about in the same way, but the track sound much more like soundtrack music, with atmospheric noises and vocalising. Midway, the piece changes completely becoming an improvisation on synthesiser.

The light but enjoyable "Mandarin" is a different version here to the one on the 2002 collection. "Grand canyon" sees the band moving further towards fusion, with a funky wah-wah guitar led improvisation. It sounds a bit like a mid-80's American cop show theme. "Tropusi laz" is also rooted in jazz, the brass like synth introduction leading to a saxophone sound (also played on synthesiser).

The final four tracks are shorter less interesting pieces. They are largely forgettable keyboards led interludes with little to distinguish them. "Jossz-e mar" and " Sok az onbizalom " are the only other tracks (apart from track one) on the album to feature vocals, the female voice making for a pleasant diversion.

It is fair to say with Panta Rhei that you should expect the unexpected. Every album, be it an official release or a compilation of outtakes and unreleased material, is radically different to any other by them. This time we have a jazz/fusion based outing, which may not rattle my cage too loudly, but should appeal to those of that persuasion.

Easy Livin | 2/5 |


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