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4 stars Popular eclecticism or eclectic popularity?

This phrase captures in a nutshell Profusion's second release, six years after their very interesting debut. In the meantime they found, or rather further developed, this extra "popular" touch that has made their sound more accessible, maintaining their eclectic nature.

Rewotower is an amalgam of several aspects of progressive rock music, and "popular" eclectic prog, even if it sounds as an oxymoron, can broadly describe their approach. In here you can find progressive metal and heavy prog mixing freely with art rock, neo, latin and modern "happy" eclectic prog. The main references that come to mind, although I have not delved into any of these, are A.C.T., Beardfish and The Tangent.

The first thing that strikes you listening to this album is the dynamic vocals from the opener and the up-tempo positive feeling, boosted by the strong melodies and the heavy-edge riff/ neo prog keyboard combination. This pattern is followed in half of the tracks - Ghost House, Treasure Island, Chuta Chani, Tower (pt. 2) and Dedalus Falling - while the remainder flows in more melodic, slower-tempo rhythms. From the heavier side, sounds from Rush, Tiles and the more recent Haken, without excluding the influence from progressive metal, have impacted on the riffs of Profusion. The two styles interchange constantly providing this nice up-and-down variation.

Influences from Mediterranean, latin (The Mars Volta anyone?) and oriental music make their appearance half-way through the album and form the major part of So Close but Alone, Tkeshi and Chuta Chani (the latter clearly being one of the album's highlights). Great choice to put Dedalus Falling, which is probably the most memorable tune, as a closer to this excellent album, although its 11 minutes are interrupted by a 2-3 minute silent break.

Rewotower is definitely one of the best albums of 2012 and could spin a few times without me noticing, as it is extremely pleasant to listen to. The nice balance of catchy riffs-refrains/short tracks and challenging music is potentially the most valuable asset of this album. Progressive music can certainly become more popular through such releases; which is something that a few might find annoying...

aapatsos | 4/5 |


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