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Seven Days

Later on Then

Review by Gary Hill

I almost filed this one under progressive rock. There is a lot of prog here, and it really could fit there. Ultimately I decided that the bulk landed more in other territories (ranging for retro indie rock to psychedelia, Americana and jam band sounds). However you slice or categorize this, though, it’s a killer album that really rocks.

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Track by Track Review
Hours

A beautiful and intricate guitar line opens this instrumental and holds it for a time. From there other instruments are gradually added. Then a crunchy guitar line enters and the cut moves out towards heavy metal. The cut doesn’t stay there, though. Instead it works through a number of changes with a real garage band vibe, but with a technical excellence and ear for symphonic progressions that makes it stand out from anything metal or garage rock oriented. I suppose comparisons to jam band music would be appropriate, though, but only so accurate. Eventually it drops back to that mellow guitar sound to end.

Black Cadillac
Here we get a straight forward hard rocking tune that has an indie 1970s rocking sound. I’m reminded a bit of Blue Cheer, The MC5 or The Amboy Dukes. It’s a cool tune, but definitely not proggy at all. It surely rocks, though.
Katriana
Psychedelic rock seems to combine with garage band sounds and some metal for this rough around the edges, but very tasty tune. The thing is, that combination makes the section that has vocals, once it wanders out into the instrumental movement, though, it’s more of a progressive rock with a crunch sound.
Punchless
This is a cool mix of sounds. The early sections have that same indie meets psychedelic texture as a lot of the rest of the album. Later, though, it fires out into a jam that’s like thrash and progressive rock had a love child. It works towards the more metallic side of that equation as it continues.
Later On, Then
The title track is more of a jam band grind, but with many of the same musical references points. It’s not completely devoid of progressive rock, but it’s limited to little bits of instrumental music.
Spoiled Milk Featuring Bundy's Reprise (Explicit)
More of a straight rocking tune, this one clearly earns that “explicit” label. There’s a cool instrumental section mid-track that’s a little more proggy, but overall this is a fairly raw and quite garagey jam that’s cool. There are also some great bits of metallic sound here and there. We get another thrash meets prog jam later in the number, too.
Blackberry Blues
Jam band sounds meet Americana and some killer slide guitar is featured on this rocker.
My Last Song
This is a hard rocker that’s got some major indie sound in place. It’s cool.
Spoiled Milk Featuring Bundy's Reprise (Clean)
And, here we get a different rendition of the earlier song, this time with the “bad words” removed.
 
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