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A Devil's Din

One Hallucination Under God

Review by Gary Hill

I have gone back and forth on whether to land this under progressive rock or not. Ultimately I decided that given the mix of psychedelic rock, space rock and prog elements, I can make the argument for it going under that heading. No matter whether you agree with that decision or not, this is a cool set. It definitely feels like something that could have been released in the late 1960s.

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Track by Track Review
Eternal Now
I dig the cool almost surf guitar based riff that drives this. The vocals land it more in line of the prog end of the equation. The arrangement is built on simple rock and roll concepts, but it's also assembled in complex ways with intriguing changes. This is part psychedelic rock, part prog and all cool.
Brave New World
Combine psychedelic rock with a pop edge and something not far removed from Radiohead and you'll be in the right vicinity for this cut. It's a solid number. I'm definitely reminded of Steve Howe's old band Bodast on this number.
Nearly Normal

A similar mix of sounds is heard on this piece. It's not a huge change, but rather another strong helping of the group's general musical serving. I like the chorus on this a lot.

Home
I can make out some hints of things like Cheap Trick along with a psychedelic rock edge on this cool rocker. The prog changes are pretty obvious on this cool rocker despite the hard rocking psychedelia that makes up the core of the piece. I love the killer classic rock styled guitar solo.
Who You Are

Trippy, dreamy prog turned psychedelia is the musical concept here. There is some great sliding sound on this cool piece.

Where Do We Go?
Starting with mellow guitar sounds, this works out to more psychedelia turned prog sounds. The bass guitar line in particular brings the prog, but the vocal arrangement adds to that concept, as well.
One Hallucination Under God
The title track is built on some killer riffing. It's another successful merging of prog and psychedelic sounds. In some ways the vocals on this remind me of Jack Bruce's singing in Cream. The playful instrumental break brings the prog stuff into play. So does the cool processed vocal section further down the road. I dig the drop back with soundbite, too. Making this the title track was wise because it's one of the strongest pieces here.
Sea of Time
The combination of mellower guitar work, trippy vocals and bits of effects land this in the space rock neighborhood. The "tick tock" section at the end really has a progressive rock vibe to it.
Evolution

Space rock and psychedelia combine quite well here. There is no big surprise, but another effective cut.

 
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