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Tuval Cain

Forging the Future

Review by Gary Hill

This is an Israeli progressive rock band. These guys produce a sound that has a lot of range to it. The main thing that grabs me, though, are the vocals. They make me think of Deep Purple throughout much of the set. Beyond that, though, the music wanders from classic rock to jazz and musical theater. This is quite an intriguing disc that really doesn’t sound like any other band I’ve ever heard.

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Track by Track Review
Nomad

This hard rocker makes me think of a proggier Deep Purple. It’s mellow, but has a hard edge to it. There are some intriguing shifts and turns here and little touches that really sell it. I love the fast paced prog jam mid-track. They turn it rather jazzy at times.

Wandering I
Prog rock and classic mainstream rock music combine on this number. There’s a real soulful edge to it in a lot of ways. The flute on this really adds a lot.
Spiral Down
Jazzy retro textured music with some world sounds in the mix makes up the first part of this cut. It’s got a great mellow groove. It fires out to more hard edged progressive rock at times, but drops back to the mellower as contrast. An expansive jam later is a great touch.
Power

Hard rock refined with progressive rock sensibilities makes up the basic musical concept here. This is more accessible than some of the other music here. It’s got some shifts and changes, though. I love the keyboard driven section later in the piece in particular. The vocal performance is what really sells this number, though.

A Distant Well
Theatrical and rather psychedelic, this is a mellower piece. This is very much like musical theater, but it also has dramatic progressive rock and more in the mix. There are definitely some links to jazz on this song, too.
Looking Glass Love (Predatory Games)
Theatrical and symphonic, this has a real classical vibe to it in a lot of ways. Still, it rocks out, too. That’s especially true when it fires out later in the piece.
No More Need
Keyboards start this. Then the track works out to a mellower jam that has a lot of jazz and progressive rock in the mix. Some world music is incorporated into this, too. I really love the keyboard dominated instrumental section later. When the vocals come over the top of that, it’s quite powerful, too. It returns to mellow right at the end.
Don't Try to Change Me
There’s a killer jazzy groove to this piece. As it continues it works through several shifts and changes. Female backing vocals are a nice touch. This thing rocks out like crazy at times. It also has some definite theatrical elements to it.
There Will Be Time
There’s a down home classic rock feeling to this thing. It also has some charged up retro rock and roll in the mix. This gets quite energized and powered up as it carries forward.
Jonah's Doubt
Piano serves as the backdrop for a weird spoken, processed voice. It is basically an extended introductory piece.
Jonah
Coming out of the previous number, this is a crunchy hard rocking piece that makes me think of Alice Cooper a bit. It’s quite theatrical. This gets more proggy at times and there’s a great mellow interlude led by the piano.
The World Is My Dominion
With spoken and sung vocals paired off, this is a theatrical progressive rock piece. It’s slow and mellow. I’m not overly crazy about this one. It seems a bit too slow and too long. It is very artsy, though. After the four minute mark, though, it does break out into an energetic classic rock styled jam that’s quite cool.
Retrobate
Southern rock, jazz and the “Flight of the Bumblebee” all seem to merge on the intro to this frantic prog rocker. It drops out to a jazzy kind of groove that’s very soulful. They take it through several variants and then turn it out into an off-kilter crazed jam for a short time later. It drops way down to a mellow movement with spoken vocals to end.
 
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