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Priam - Three Distances... Irregular Signs CD (album) cover




Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.95 | 29 ratings

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4 stars Priam was a king of Troy at the time of Trojan Wars In Greek mythology. He, or his family wasn't very lucky for his father and all brothers got killed in the first war of Troy. At the time of second Trojan war when Priam was the king after his father Laomedon, he wasn't succesful in defending the city, as we all know, and Troy was destroyed and his son Hector got killed by Achilles. For the counterweight he had 20 wives! ...If it can be considered as a counterweight for bad success, otherwise his heaven was was a truly deep hell.

How or why this name Priam is connected to the band, I don't know. Maybe they were as unsuccesful as their archetype was for they did release their second and last album at 2001 and their website seems to be closed as well.

I'm not an expert when it comes to fusion or jazz prog, but I've heard a some of them including a couple of albums that has rated very high. What I find as a main problem in fusion has been the virtuoso feeling they're up to. Too many albums I've heard where the guitarist is the center of the universe and the rest of the band is there just to support the king. Priam makes no difference in the overall situation - it's all guitar driven fusion rock, but the feeling it delivers does make the difference. The music flows with guitar, not for guitar and the music is great that sticks more to arrangements and songs than to instruments and playing. The guitar doesn't cover all but gives room to others too and there's nice and calm keyboard-orchestral moments in between. The guitar plays usually with high and echoing long emotional notes with sudden wasp-fast moments in between.

Songs fit together well making it a great whole being a pleasantly flowing enjoyment all the way through. Songs are individuals anyhow, for example there's a far-eastern, even arabic sounding acoustic song Signs Beyond The Euphrates that stands out like all of the songs here. They're nicely composed including slow and fast parts and all complex rhythms and changes still strictly following the not-showing-off-rule of the band - it all flows naturally. Vocals doesn't exist, but that's the guideline in fusion, I think. This is probably the best fusion album I've heard so far and it makes me want to extend my fusion knowledge. I myself enjoy this album very much and I cannot but recommend warmly it to you all too!

Nilman | 4/5 |


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