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Review by Gary Hill

It’s really hard to put together an all instrumental album and make it work beginning to end. This disc proves that it can be done. It’s a fairly safe bet it will make my ten best albums of 2010 list – although, the competition is stiff this year. The disc never seems to become monolithic. It covers the gamut from fusion music, to sounds like Tool, Genesis, Yes, King Crimson and Pink Floyd. This is a great disc. I’d highly recommend it to all fans of instrumental progressive rock, and progressive rock in general.

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Track by Track Review

This is a short and pretty introduction. It has some Genesis elements, but delivered with more of a real fusion sound.

The Beginning
Taking the beginnings we got last time around, this is worked out into more of a real song. It’s a great piece of music. It turns towards more hard edged rock as it continues.
This seems almost to power out from the previous one. It’s hard edged fusion with some killer retro sounds built into it. There is a big sound to the track. There are mellower moments, too, though.
This little “transition” is pretty and quite symphonic and sedate.
A lot of this is fairly sedate and pretty, yet it moves out into some sounds that call to mind the more metallic edge of modern progressive rock like Giant Squid and Wolverine along with Tool. It’s a great piece of music with some incredible moods. In fact, it’s one of my favorites on show here. There is also a pretty and intricate piano driven segment.
The mellower sections on this are rather symphonic, very melodic and pretty. The harder rocking segments, though, call to mind Red era King Crimson married to Tool. They alternate between the two concepts and this covers a lot of musical territory. It might be my favorite track on the disc. The closing movement that links this to the next piece is feedback laden, slow and heavy, a bit like Sleep, appropriate given the title of the piece.
Driving Head

This piece is mellow and intricate, yet heavy. At times I’m reminded of King Crimson at other points Pentwater. Still other sections make me think of Tool. Whatever you hear on a given section, though, this is another powerful piece of instrumental music.

A piano driven piece, this is another short segue number.
This is more jazz-like than a lot of the material here. It’s pretty and intricate. Some of this piece could qualify as new age, and yet, I also hear hints of U2 on it at times. There are definite classical elements on this track, too.
Coming out of the previous piece, this really rocks out. It reminds me at times of Rush and at other points of Tool. It works out, though, to a more melodic fusion type sound as it continues. There’s a guitar sound later that I really like. After that runs through, the track powers back out into harder rocking prog sounds that again make me think of Rush and perhaps Dream Theater, too. It drops to textural elements to segue into the next piece.
Piano rises up to start this off. The track starts building up from there in melodic ways. It turns heavier later with a Dream Theater meets Rush element to it. There are some metallic moments as it continues to build out. We also get some rather Yes-like sounds later along with some things that make me think of Hawkwind. It resolves out to piano again mid-track, then builds back out from there in a space rock kind of way. That motif eventually takes it out.
Unlisted Track
After a couple of minutes of silence, music comes in and the track rises up, feeling a bit like a bluesy, jazzy Pink Floyd. They move this on organically and it turns a little heavier later. Still, those Floydian stylings seem to dominate.
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