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Crossover Prog

3.19 | 21 ratings

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3 stars 3.5 for sure

Irregarten is another trio from famous Quebec region, and also they play a combination of neo prog from early period, not far from Marillion (minus the voice) and some symphonic passages taken influences from Genesis or some parts remind me of Rush here and there. The album was released in 1996 by obscure canadian label Editions Dedales (nice logo) and didn't get the prais that every band needs when it comes of first release, unfortunately their swansong. The music is ok, with nice guitar parts and in places some very good sax or cello arrangements. The keybords doesn't have an important role, but brings a special atmosphere of the pieces when needed. The album has 6 pieces, each one ofer 6 min, two of them above 12, so enough room for the musicians to show us what they are capable of. The release stars very strong with Look at this world, to me the best pieces from here, good musicianship and very smooth guitar lines, great track. Another worthy pieces from here is Into the maze, again top notch instrumental passages, the voice of Michel Dek in some parts is not what I've expected, is little not on par with the rest of the musicians, and brings the album down, IMO. The main attraction of the album is the almost perfect combination of traditional progressive rock with some crossover elements, that made this band quite intristing but not over the top. Very unnoticed, looking by the ratings from here, Irregarten never made it in prog circles, not because they had a masterpiece and no one observe that album, but because they play an intristing prog music with good musicianship all over, who still, today after almost 15 years of first release is still forgotten and with each year they fone deeply into oblivion. 3.5 , a good album, but not quite an excellent release, worth some spins from time to time.

b_olariu | 3/5 |


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