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Empty out Your Mind

Review by Gary Hill

This might not be the most obvious choice for progressive rock, but really, I don’t see how it fits anywhere else. This isn’t the 1970s variety of prog, but the musicianship is incredible and the music is all over the place. A lot of times I’m reminded of Nektar, but not in obvious ways, but more in subtle elements. Whatever you call this, though, this EP is great. I have to say that it is likely to make my “best of 2013” list down the road.

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Track by Track Review
Empty Out Your Mind

Percussion opens this, and then band launch into a jam that’s part alternative rock, part world music and all progressive in its intent and changes. This is high energy and incredibly cool. It’s a great way to start things in style. There’s a smoking hot jam mid-track where the bass and guitar seem to spar for control. The tune just keeps evolving from there. While this is clearly not traditional progressive rock, there’s zero question in my mind that the title applies. Whatever it is, though, I like it a lot.

Bass leads this one out, feeling a bit like stoner metal at first. Then it evolves into something a bit more like psychedelic prog. It’s almost like Nektar blended with early Rush. The verse section is more stripped back hard rocking sound. Like the opener, this just keeps shifting, changing and evolving. It’s another great tune, but has a unique identity from the opener. Really, a lot of this feels a lot like Rush, but not so Rush-oriented as to seem a copy or clone.
In Your Eyes
Dramatic and powerful, in some ways this is more purely alternative rock in nature. In a lot of ways it’s also less rocking than the first two tunes. Still, there are enough twists and turns and off-center things here to keep it in the progressive rock vein.

This is probably the least proggy thing on show here. It starts with percussion and is more or less a killer funk rock tune. The vocal delivery on this one is arguably the best of the whole set. Whatever you call it, though, this is another great tune on a killer EP. The instrumental jam on this is great and the bass really shines.

Standstill City

Another piece of variety, this has some of that funk still in place, but it’s closer aligned to the alternative rock turned progressive that we’ve heard so often hear. That said, it doesn’t sound like anything else here, but is still in the same general territory. There are some killer shifts and changes and the guitar solo section is another movement here that makes me think of Nektar a bit.

What Is Paradise

Energetic, melodic and very cool, this is another great tune. This is mellower in a lot of ways than the other music on the EP. Still, there’s a smoking hot guitar solo section that’s almost metallic.

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