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Founded in New York, USA in 1996

IZZ, from New York, originates with the Galgano brothers. Tom (keyboards, vocals) and John (bass, guitar, keyboards, vocals) grew up listening to music together, so it was a natural step for them to join forces as musicians. John Met Greg DiMiceli (drums and percussion) in college, and thus started a domino effect of introductions. Greg begat Brian Coralian (drums and Percussion) and Paul Bremner (lead guitar), and Paul begat Phil Gaita (bass). As musicians do, they all jammed together and eventually IZZ was formed (the name taken from one of John's favorite Mets players). However, Paul was in another band, so he was not yet an official member.

In 1998 "Sliver of a Sun" was released. For the debut, John handled lead guitar, and Phil was on bass. While putting the finishing touches on the album, Tom met Laura Meade and Anmarie Byrnes. The ladies did not join the club right away, but their vocal and compositional talents would come to have a profound impact on the IZZ sound later on.

2002's "I move" saw Phil's departure, and the permanent addition of Paul Bremner. This also meant that John was now on Bass duty. The core of the band was now set with a strong lead guitariist, and the unusual aspect of dual drummers.

In 2004 the band released a collection of previously unused material called "Ampesand Vol. 1." It consisted of outtakes from the first two albums, and some live tracks. It was a decent curiosity, but real excitement was brewing with the following release.
The release of "My River Flows" in 2005 really started to turn some heads. The band was very good before, but the addition of Laura and Anmarie, and the growth of the group itself drove them to create their most accomplished work to date. Enthusiasm for IZZ grew as the album got more exposure. The live shows were also met high praise. This culminated with their appearance at NEARfest 2007, which was considered one of the best performances that year. Thankfully it was recorded and released simply as "Live at Nearfest."

IZZ is frequently seen on the Progressive Rock festival circuit. They are influenced by the usual classics (Yes, Genesis, Gentle Giant, The Beatles, etc.), and also modern bands, like Radiohead. There are even those that see a certain pop element in the music, mostly due to Tom Galgano and Laura Meade's vocals. They seem to have no exceptions when it comes to incorporating styles. It is not unusual to hear Rock,...
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3.61 | 58 ratings
Sliver Of A Sun
1999
3.65 | 87 ratings
I Move
2002
3.09 | 40 ratings
Ampersand, Volume 1
2004
3.81 | 103 ratings
My River Flows
2005
4.02 | 137 ratings
The Darkened Room
2009
3.88 | 168 ratings
Crush Of Night
2012
3.80 | 137 ratings
Everlasting Instant
2015
3.58 | 24 ratings
Ampersand, Volume 2
2016
4.21 | 85 ratings
Don't Panic
2019

IZZ Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.01 | 24 ratings
Live at Nearfest
2007

IZZ Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.85 | 7 ratings
Live
2011

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4.00 | 2 ratings
Places To Hide
2010
4.00 | 3 ratings
Red Rain
2011

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 Don't Panic by IZZ album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.21 | 85 ratings

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Don't Panic
Izz Symphonic Prog

Review by TenYearsAfter

4 stars UPDATE INTERESTING NEW PROG

IZZ is a New York based prog formation that was founded by the brothers Tom and John Galgano in the mid-Nineties, between 1998 and 2019 IZZ released a serie of studio ? and live albums, this review is about their latest CD entitled Don't Panic, from 2019.

1. Don't Panic (4:25) : This first track sounds like alternating melodic rock with prog tendencies featuring strong male and female vocals, a powerful Chris Squire-like bass sound, fiery electric guitar leads, sparkling piano runs in a mid-tempo, in the end first a mellow part, then a bombastic ending with the distinctive IZZ vocal lines.

2. 42 (18:41) : This long composition contains all elements of 24-carat melodic and harmonic symphonic rock (with hints from Yes and Glass Hammer): the climates shifts from dreamy and slow rhythm to bombastic eruptions, with a wonderful colouring by the vintage keyboards (lots of Mellotron choirs, along Minimoog and Hammond) and flowing guitar (often Howe inspired), and strong male and female vocals. The final part is breathtaking: a mid-tempo culminates in a bombastic atmosphere with an awesome Mellotron choir sound, a powerful and dynamic rhythm-section, strong female vocals and howling electric guitar runs, goose bumps!

3. Six String Theory (2:07) : Great title for a dreamy acoustic guitar duet, it sounds wonderful, very tender and warm, in the tradition of mellow Steve Howe.

4. Moment Of Inertia (9:46) : First a Grand piano intro and wonderful classical orchestrations, then a bombastic eruption with propulsive guitar work (Eighties King Crimson hints), a tight beat and a heavy guitar solo. What an exciting, very powerful and dynamic sound! Then captivating interplay between the Hammond and electric guitar, along another heavy guitar solo with biting runs. Halfway some laughter, then fat spectacular pitchbend driven Minimoog flights (obvious hints from first Rick Wakeman and then Keith Emerson, followed by a sensational guitar-synthesizer duel, a heavy guitar solo. And finally wonderful piano and moving electric guitar runs. Another impressive composition.

5. Age Of Stars (9:00) : This final track starts mellow with twanging guitars, dreamy male and female vocals and assorted percussion, topped with that strong bass sound. Next an accellaration with a tight beat and vocal harmonies, like the first song this sounds like melodic rock with prog tendencies (Eighties Yes comes to my mind). This is embellished with delicate work on guitar and keyboards, another trademark of IZZ. In the final part a bombastic eruption with Mellotron choir, female vocals, a spacey Minimoog solo, sumptuous Mellotron choir drops and sensitive electric guitar, wow!

This review was recently published on the Dutch prog website Background Magazine, in a slightly different version.

 Don't Panic by IZZ album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.21 | 85 ratings

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Don't Panic
Izz Symphonic Prog

Review by TCat
Collaborator Eclectic Team

5 stars "Izz" is a symphonic prog band from New York founded in 1996 by Tom and John Galgano (yes they are brothers). Over the years, they have received a lot of positive response from critics and fans alike. Since 1999, they have released 9 full length studio albums and a live album. Their 9th studio album is called "Don't Panic" and was released in May of 2019. The line-up hasn't changed much over the years as both Tom (keyboards, vocals, production and mixing) and John (bass, guitars, ukulele, keyboards and vocals) still remain as do Paul Bremner on guitars; Brian Coralian on acoustic and e-drums and Greg DiMiceli on drums and percussion. There are also two other vocalists that joined the band later; Anmarie Byrnes and Laura Meade. "Don't Panic" has 5 tracks and has a total run time of 44 minutes.

The album starts with the title track "Don't Panic". After some effects, wordless vocals start along with a definite progressive flair. The music is definitely leaning towards the symphonic sound with a mix of male and female vocals, sounding almost like "Pure Reason Revolution" at their best, but with a more defined sound with a slight jazz edge. The individual instruments are all well mixed so that you can hear everything going on, and the melodies are definitely interesting and catchy with some short attention grabbing riffs. This track is a standard length of just over four minutes, but it does well to establish the bands sound to the listener.

After this, we go right to an epic 18 minute track entitled "42". (Now it is starting to become clear where their inspiration for this album lies especially if you are a Douglas Adams fan). There is a nice build up to a guitar and bass heavy track supported by choral effects on the synth. This has a definite likeness to "Starcastle" and "Yes" with the instrumental beginning, with its cheery keyboards and tricky bass lines, also in the guitar passages and it's symphonic sound and the slight jazz leanings. I'm really liking this sound. Just before 4 minutes, things slow down to a moderate rhythm for a little while, then intensity builds in the synth and bass patterns, then the harmonized female vocals come in followed later by male vocals. The vocal melodies are definitely not the standard verse and chorus pattern, it is non-repetitive, but it is still melodic. After 7 minutes, a guitar-led passage is followed by a synth melody which is developed to that symphonic style. Complex instrumental changes continue with two acoustic guitars playing countermelodies before returning to the original progressive theme and then another guitar solo built on top of that with the nice heavy bass line playing along supported by synths. Vocals are brought back in after 10 minutes. Again, melodies change as needed by the lyrics and male and female vocals are used interchangeably making this music very dynamic and interesting. After 15 minutes, we get a cheery organ solo that later adds a guitar playing along with the same melody and later builds off if it. This is an 18 minute track that just speeds right by because it is so good!

After this comes a short track called "Six String Theory". This is a nice acoustic solo that is a nice peaceful break. This is followed by the instrumental "Moment of Inertia" which has a 9 minute run time. This continues in a softer style with a rhapsodic piano intro which is later joined by the guitar which doubles the melody. Atmospheric synths build tension and a sudden outburst from the drums bring in a heavy guitar riff. A second guitar then improvises over this with a rousing solo. Tempos shift and melodies and riffs replace each other as the lead guitar keeps things together while the support create interesting progressive shifts. The complexity and heaviness of this track is sort of unexpected, but definitely welcome. At 5 minutes, this stops and you hear laughter in the background. A slower rhythm takes over making for a steadier pattern as the synths and keys take the center stage for some more excellent music. Awesome! In this track, all semblance to the previously mentioned bands is gone and traded for a darker and heavier sound, but still quite amazing. Again, this is over too soon as those 9 minutes speed by.

The last track also nears the 10 minute mark. This one is called "Age of Stars" and it starts off with a softer feel, but a heavy bass. Vocals start off quickly and sound a bit menacing at first, but the vibes brighten things up along with the higher vocals when they come in. Soon, things pick up with more progressiveness and counter harmonies in the vocals. Meters and melodies change as it continues and the vocals keep going with short instrumental flourishes between the lyrical lines. After the vocals stop, there are some nice instrumental solos shared by both electric and acoustic guitars and synths. There is another big shift in melody and tone as the vocal melodies become a bit more complex with each vocalist singing different lines and then a sudden synth solo comes in. Vocals come back in and work towards a finale that brings the entire album together.

This album is quite impressive, and since I can speak first hand that it is an excellent entry point for those wanting to explore this music, since it is the first album I have heard from them. I know I will be looking into more of their albums if they are as great as this is. The music is top-notch progressive music with non-standard patterns, changing meters and melodies, and complex themes. The vocal harmonies are excellent and spot on. Even when there are no harmonies, the singers are strong enough to carry the lyrics forward. Unlike similar bands like those I mentioned earlier, the vocalists are much stronger which works even more to this band's advantage. This album is excellent and is definitely the best symphonic prog album released this year. Definitely recommended to symphonic prog and to all prog lovers.

 The Darkened Room by IZZ album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.02 | 137 ratings

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The Darkened Room
Izz Symphonic Prog

Review by TenYearsAfter

4 stars "Excellent music between progressive pop and Classic Prog"

IZZ is a four piece formation that was founded in the second half of the Nineties, after their well received debut CD entitled Sliver Of A Sun (1999) IZZ released another six studio-albums (along a live CD and live DVD), their latest effort is Ampersand, Volume 2 from 2016. This review is about their highly acclaimed fifth album The Darkened Room, from 2009.

From the very first moment I listened to the new album The Darkened Room I am very impressed about their music, how captivating, thrilling, emotional, compelling, and especially original progressive rock music these skilled musicians have created! OK, it's obvious that The Beatles, Genesis and Yes are a source of inspiration but these elements are very wonderfully blended with their own ideas and the many surprising twists and turns. In fact you can compare IZZ with fellow USA progrock band Spock's Beard because of the blend of Seventies Prog and the evolution of an own sound. And that's what we witness here, outstanding music that range from progressive pop (the catchy Ticking Away) to Classic Prog inspired music.

Like the 76-77 Genesis-oriented 23 Minutes Of Tragedy featuring twanging acoustic guitars, bas pedals and a Hackett/Banks sound. But the inventive arrangements and many strong musical ideas turn this compsoition into something very special and exciting, like a spectacular synthesizer solo, howling guitar and emotional vocals. These elements are also in the other tracks.

An interlude with soaring Mellotron turns into a part with heavy guitar riffs and flashy synthesizer in Swallow Your Pride (great male vocals).

In Day Of Innocence a mellow first part with twanging acoustic guitar and high pitched vocals shifts into a heavy conclusion with fat riffs, thunderous drums and fiery guitar.

In Regret there's a bass solo before a sumptuous final part.

And in Can't Feel The Earth Part I a Grand piano is omnipresent along Brian May-like guitar, majestic choir- Mellotron and fat Minimoog and in the end a xylophone sound is beautifully blended with the other instruments.

The highlights are the very compelling compositions Can't Feel The Earth Part II en III, enjoy the 24-carat symphonic rock, loaded with exciting Mellotron and synthesizer solos, changing atmospheres and heavy guitar play, this is a Prog Heaven!

 Ampersand, Volume 2 by IZZ album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.58 | 24 ratings

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Ampersand, Volume 2
Izz Symphonic Prog

Review by senor_velasco

4 stars Equal parts catchy musicianship, rich vocal harmonies, and a refreshing diversity of style, Ampersand Volume 2 is more than a sequel to Volume 1 and other previous IZZ releases. Here's a band that has always clearly taken cues from classic prog acts such as Yes and ELP, yet has forged its own sound and identity.

Particularly on display in this album is the rhythm section, with the bass taking front and center in many songs.

If you can fault earlier IZZ efforts, you might point to a bit of aimless meandering in their longer pieces. This is not the case with Volume 2. The music is pointed and more spare, cutting out the extraneous sections. It also doesn't generally feel as "thick." Overall this makes for a somewhat shorter album, but one in which the music never bogs down under its own weight.

 The Darkened Room by IZZ album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.02 | 137 ratings

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The Darkened Room
Izz Symphonic Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

5 stars Izz were formed in the Nineties, and even though this album is from 2009, those Nineties influences are plain to hear. This is symphonic progressive rock from a band at the very top of their game, and given that since this album they have recruited former Gentle Giant and current 3 Friends guitarist, Gary Green, into the line-up, I am incredibly intrigued to hear what they are doing now. Harmony vocals? Yup. Plenty of intricately woven melodies? Check. Music that makes the listener stay through to the end and then hit repeat? Double check. This is one of the most exciting albums I have heard from the States since I first came across Spock's Beard, Glass Hammer, Discipline, Timothy Pure and Iluvatar back in the day. It has that sort of impact, and whatever passage I am listening to, of whatever song, is the best bit. There is some beautiful bass on this album, and while they rarely come across as anyone else, there are times when it sounds as if Chris Squire has his hand on the frets.

They're not afraid to slow it down, and bring in just gentle piano and vocals (and a triangle ? when was the last time you heard one of those on a prog album?). "Can't feel The Earth (Pt.1)" is incredible from start to end, with as much owed to modern classical music as it does to traditional progressive rock (although there are a few Gentle Giant tendencies it must be said). The more I played this he more I kept telling myself that these guys are still active, and released four studio albums before this one and three afterwards (as well as a live album and a DVD) so what are the others like? I feel that I have been missing out, yet at the same time am excited that there is so much more great music to discover by these guys. They released their debut album some eighteen years ago and are still going strong, which is quite some achievement.

Quite simply, if you enjoy progressive rock, then this is an album that you just have to get, and once you have fallen in love with this as I have, then there is plenty more out there to discover.

 Everlasting Instant by IZZ album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.80 | 137 ratings

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Everlasting Instant
Izz Symphonic Prog

Review by Angelo
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin

4 stars IZZ have been around since the 90s, and were founded by American brothers Tom (keyboards, vocals) and John (bass, guitar, keyboards, vocals) Galgano. Over time, the band became known for incorporating different styles into their music, and for combining four vocals: the two brothers, and female vocalists Laura Meade and Anmarie Byrnes). They've been getting more attention since their fourth album My River Flows (2005), and released their seventh, Everlasting Instant in 2015.

For me, this album was the first I heard of IZZ, another band I had heard about but never got around to listening until this year. I got hooked quite quickly, exactly because of the aforementioned characteristics. The mix of styles means that every track is different in nature, but still fits what is apparently the IZZ sound, and the vocal arrangements are often simply mesmerising.

The opening track Own the Mystery, has such an nice vocal arrangement in its 'choruses', that makes for a nice addition to a soft, almost pop piano and keyboard based track. The change to Every Minute is surprising. This is a short instrumental which introduces the bass of John Galgano, which proves to be a constant factor throughout the album - a bass that is not there for support, but to drive the music and provide it's own melodies and riffs.

Riffs like the one Start Again, which is interleaved with very melodic vocal parts. The interleaving builds into a question answer pattern, with male vocals on the bass driven parts, and female vocals answering in the quieter more melodic sections. The second half of the track has more power and the male vocals become Sting like, but more powerful... Guitarist Paul Bremner seems to play two guitars over each other on the instrumental too.

The more jazzy If It's True has yet again a very clear bass line, crisp bass line, with guitar and keyboard melodies moving in and out - supporting the female vocals. The synth noises at the transition from verse to chorus give it a slightly more experimental feel, and the short instrumental mid section briefly rocks before going back to the beginning.

And so it continues, with new elements in every song. The Three Seers starts with a mysterious piano and male vocal part. The first half of the song is like a 21st century minstrel telling a story accompanied by piano, while the darker, keyboard heavy second part is more desperate, and emotional.

The title track has an electronic beat, which is answered by a counter melody from a female voice, singing an almost Celtic piece. It develops from there into more folk rock like track, then to keyboard and organ driven symphonic rock, going back to the Celtic feel in the end. If not proven already, this track shows how IZZ use vocals not just as a carrier for lyrics, but really as an additional instrument.

Keep Away is best described as 'contemporary jazz rock', with a 'jumpy' bass line, which both contrasts and supports the slow melancholic vocals, keyboards and guitar. When a second female vocal joins half way, goose bumps are guaranteed.

The two most complex tracks on the album Can't Feel the Earth Part IV and Sincerest Life sandwich the more accessible, Illuminata. Where that track starts with a happy, thoughtless feel, brought on by an acoustic guitar and then developers into a slow neo prog track, the other two are less clearly defined. Can't Feel the Earth starts with bass and percussion, but builds in a few steps into a 70s symphonic rock track, with a big organ and guitar sound, and a very present bass. And of course, with a great goal arrangement again.

Hardest to get into is Sincerest Life, which goes from piano piece to a wailing guitar and keyboard lead, then to a more jazzy mood, then to a shuffled rock rhythm and an intricate vocal arrangement again. Here, even more than on the rest of the album, the off the trodden path drum work also helps confusing attentive the listener.

After all this, the mellow rock track Like A Straight Line, which has a nice layering of melodies and is almost completely instrumental is a fitting end.

As I like an album more, my reviews tend to get longer, and this one is no exception. The only words missing are 'highly recommended', although given what others old me, the three albums preceding this one may even be slightly better.

Also published on my blog www.angelosrockorphanage.com

 Everlasting Instant by IZZ album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.80 | 137 ratings

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Everlasting Instant
Izz Symphonic Prog

Review by Ovidiu

4 stars Here we have the outstanding new IZZ album,in fact album number three ,and the last from the trilogy which started with the phenomenal album -THE DARKENED ROOM,released a few years ago!Definitelly,this album is a very ambitious and inspired closing third chapter of this ambitious work of this wonderful American talented band!What is the first thing that comes into my mind after a first audition of this album,is the very mature songwriting and the diversity of the compositions,plus the unbelieveble and impressive technical skills of all the members of the band!There are also some musical themes that are reviewed from the first two albums,and this is a mark of the strong cohesion and unity of this ambitious musical trilogy!The artwork is simply superbe,the very expressive photo is offering to the listener an image of what it is going to be like,the musical journey where we are invited by the band,in their universe of many different and weird emotions and moods!Definitelly,this is the most elaborate and mature album of all the three that compose the trilogy,it's a very mature songwriting and musicality of all tracks!Maybee it's not so spectacular like THE DARKENED ROOM,but the strong ideas presented here ara having a strong impact on the listener,and that makes of this album,a very serious and passioned audition for any good prog rock music lover!Definitelly to choose any particular song from the album to be pushed ahead,all is in a very monolythic manner ,and the whole ensemble of the album is very strong indeed!The boys voices are perfectly combined with the girls ones,and that makes the diversity of the album even more catchy and fascinated!Musically speaking,there is a strong influence of the classic prog rock icons,like Genesis,Yes,Floyd or Gentle Giant...plus a little modern touch a la Spock's Beard,Echolyn or The Flower Kings....but with the strong IZZ musical personality and blueprint!Anyway,it's king of vintage prog rock,but cleverly "'dressed"' in a more modern outfitt...very attractive and tasteful for the listeners!I repeat,the mature compositions,the exceptional songwriting is impressive,plus the technical and so fine technical aspect of IZZ' music,all this ingredients are so well made,that makes of this album a very enjoyable and wonderful musical experience!The production is excellent,top class indeed and the whole sound os IZZ's music is easily recognisable-there is definitelly a particular IZZ sound,touch in their music!Strong 4.5 stars for me and my sincere compliments for this outstanding musical release...one of the best prog rock albums of the first half of 2015...
 Ampersand, Volume 1 by IZZ album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.09 | 40 ratings

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Ampersand, Volume 1
Izz Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Apparently Izz had hit the stride with the first pair of released albums, as the band started to become a regular visitor of famous Prog festivals, beginning with Progfest 2002, where they shared the same stage with Thieves' Kitchen and Prog/Fusion veterans Kraan and The Muffins.The Galgano brothers thought that some of material not included in the previous album was too good to be left aside and decided to offer it to the public under the title of ''Ampersand''.Just one week before its release in 2004, Izz would make another significant performance in Rosfest 2004 next to acts such as Jadis, Salem Hill and Sonus Umbra.

The leftovers from ''I move'' are supported by a bunch of live tracks in an album that is pretty interesting without reaching the best moments of Izz'es normal studio albums.While the previous efforts of the band were basically deeped into Neo/Symphonic Prog with huge pop sensibilities, ''Ampersand'' sounds mostly as a collection of Prog-Pop tracks with quirky instrumental workouts and less emphasis on symphonic orchestrations.You can turn around the band's main influences and this one comes as if THE BEATLES turned Prog, influenced by GENESIS, YES and GENTLE GIANT.The acoustic guitars come in evidence, the cinematic textures are a basic content and the lyrical moments seem to be among the leading forces of the album.Even so, this is way too far from typical, crappy Pop material.Izz complemented their sound with nervous synthesizers, some dramatic instrumental lines with a GENTLE GIANT-like complexity and lots of light, Neo/Symph Prog elements close to the principles of MOSTLY AUTUMN, early PAATOS or BREATHING SPACE.As for the live tracks, these are recorded in three different venues and come basically from the band's previous albums with ''Star evil gnoma su'' being an absolute stunner in this live version, Progressive Rock at its best form, complex, naughty, intricate and melodic.The biggest surprise comes from the ''Molly's jig'' track, a rural instrumental piece with some supporting lines by electric guitars and keyboards, originally included in Paul Bremner's 2004 album ''Wombsong''.

Do not leave this work by Izz aside.The band seems so talented that even these Pop-inclined pieces are covered by an inventive, proggy flexibilty.Close to the sound of BRIGHTEYE BRISON's early material or SPOCK'S BEARD more accesible compositions and warmly recommended.

 The Darkened Room by IZZ album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.02 | 137 ratings

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The Darkened Room
Izz Symphonic Prog

Review by sinslice

3 stars It is difficult to discuss these boys instrumentalist expertise. The during Darkened Room it is seen clearly. The music takes hold in the excellent parts of piano, keyboards and guitar contributions. The album shows a more mature that 'My River Flows', but I like more the one published in 2005.

Here the blend between symphonic progressive, with a dose of alternative rock and some electronic, not completely captivates me.

In '23 Minutes of Tragedy ' is where they achieve a greater impact on that effort, great song. At other times, as in 'Can not Feel the Earth part I and III' and 'Regret', also achieve a good musical atmosphere.  

 Live at Nearfest by IZZ album cover Live, 2007
4.01 | 24 ratings

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Live at Nearfest
Izz Symphonic Prog

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator PSIKE Team & Band Submissions

4 stars Sitting In This Asylum ... I Need Assurance Now

'Live At Nearfest' presents an excellent IZZ performance from the year 2007. Firstly, let me assure that they belong to my favourite bands over hell of a long time. Founded by Galgano brothers Tom and John they are of an exceptional singularity, thus I often come back to them, especially when I'm in a pleasant mood. I like their convenient combination of trickiness and warm-hearted harmonies - additionally the (polyphonic) vocals are a special trademark. Musicianship is wide-ranged, John Galgano for example handles bass, guitar and keyboards, and they have two drummers respectively percussionists aboard, who complement each other.

Won't claim that this is something like a best of collection exactly, but the compilation surely makes it big, sounds rounded due to a perpetual shift back and forth between charming and propulsive moments. They start with Swallow Our Pride - a testimonial, which made it on the next coming album 'The Darkened Room' then. My River Flows is somewhat exceptional while given with two guitars involved, speaking of Paul Bremner and John Galgano perfectly complementing on this very dynamic song. Now the operating temperature is achieved in a minimum of time.

The symphonic Assurance shows them hanging back then with charming moments at first, but - not really surprising - in between the horses break into a gallop of course. Wonderful vocals and sparkling piano lines are the attraction on where the studio version of Late Night Salvation seems to be better as for my impression - eh ... sorry ... if at all I'm talking about nuances here, you should know. I still find this an exceptional feature included - just take care of the female vocals and the drum solo performed by both percussionists.

The atmospheric Where I Belong is showcasing Anmarie Byrnes and Laura Meade in front - and then Star Evil Gnoma Su follows as their showpiece per se. Every time I listen, I'm still impressed about the virtuosity - a masterpiece of progressive rock indeed. The live version even seems to work slightly better. Chapeau! Funny - after years I finally realized, that the song title is a (simple) pun. This live album is a perfect introduction to the IZZ world, if you still are not familiar. Furthermore you shouldn't miss their studio output.

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