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Progressive Rock CD Reviews

Rhys Marsh

Sentiment

Review by Gary Hill

With world music, jazz and more in the mix, this is a great modern prog album. It touches and builds on older sounds, but brings them into a modern soundscape. If you like modern prog, you will probably enjoy this. If you are more an old school progressive rock person, I’d still recommend giving it a try. Expand your horizons with something classy.

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Track by Track Review
Calling in the Night

Lush and dark, this is a killer modern prog piece as it starts. It drops to a very sparse keyboard based arrangement. The piece continues to evolve. It’s got a great contrast between mellower and harder rocking sections. It’s a great example of a powerful moody modern prog piece.

Burn the Brightest Day
There are some hints of world music built into this number. It’s energetic and closer to classic prog. Still, this is set well in the modern era of progressive rock. Again, there are quite a few shifts and turns to this. The instrumental sections on this are pretty amazing.
Pictures of Ashes
A bit mellower at the start, this combines a classic prog sound with some psychedelia and more. It’s quite a pretty piece of music. It does get powered up a bit more later in the piece, but never to the level of the first two songs. At least, that’s true of the first two and a half minutes or so. It gets a killer instrumental movement around that point that is very much in keeping with traditional progressive rock.
The Seventh Face

This comes in more like the modern moody prog rock. It’s a potent piece, but perhaps not as dynamic as some of the rest. Still, it has a lot of class and does get some crunch in the mix later.

The Ghost Ship
Lush and pretty, this is very much in that same modern prog territory. It’s slow moving, mellow and quite evocative. It does get a bit more powered up near the end.
In the Sand
This is a fine example of modern progressive rock. It’s moody and catchy and very nice.
Last November

Somehow, I’m reminded just a little of Steely Dan on this song. The cut is a great modern prog number.

Silver Light & Blackened Eyes

A sparse arrangement is the concept here. It’s got a lot of keyboards and some classical strings. It’s moody and a little jazzy at times. Around the three minute mark it gets reinvented with a lot more intensity and power. Still, it drops back after that instrumental section. More hard rock based music emerges after, though. This really gets intense.

Give Me (What You Need)
There are no big changes here, but this is a strong piece. It is set very much in that same moody modern prog sound with sections that rock out hard.
 
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