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ScienceNV

Titan (Digital Single)

Review by Scott Prinzing

This track may be your introduction to the cleverly-named San Francisco prog quartet, ScienceNV.  It serves as my introduction as well.  The four members of the band are releasing their third full-length album, Last Album Before the End of Time, and if this single is representative of the overall sound and quality of musicianship, I will be searching out more of their material.  The instrumentation of guitar, bass, drums and keyboards seems straight-forward, but manages to achieve symphonic levels without synthesizing strings and horns.  There aren’t too many solely instrumental bands that can hold my attention for long, but this three-and-a-half minute work really packs a punch. 

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Track by Track Review
Titan

The greatness of this single is represented in the composition and arrangement rather than virtuosity of soloing.  The drums are very busy, but fully controlled and create an almost martial sound that matches the title appropriately. I have listened to it three or four times and now it’s stuck in my head.  This is a good sign for a single – especially one that doesn’t have a real commercial hook.  I’m most reminded of UK, but ELP also comes to mind, as two of the players are multi-instrumentalists (guitar/keyboards and guitar/bass).  I could see this being an alternative theme for Darth Vader, the Death Star, or some other galactic master villain.  I could also imagine this as the perfect intro song for ScienceNV in concert, as it could really get the audience’s blood flowing as the lights go down and the band takes the stage.  I can’t wait to hear the full album.

(Editor's Note - Music Street Journal is set up for the allocation of albums, not singles - particularly not one-song singles. So, in the instances, like this one, where we've covered single song releases, we've had to make some adaptations for formatting. In the case of this one, just imagine both track review and overall review reading as one set of copy. )

 
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