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The Von


Review by Gary Hill

Perhaps this one's not the tightest fit under a prog rock heading. That said, there is some prog in each song. Adding to my decision, I put their last set under prog, too. All that out of the way, this is just a three-song EP. It's hard rocking with a lot of psychedelia in the mix. It's a compelling and classy set, no matter where you put it genre-wise.
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Track by Track Review
I Know It's Love

This is trippy stuff with a lot of energy. It's part psychedelic rock and part modern prog, but overall it's hard rocking mainstream music. The changes are unusual, though. There is a great balance between harder rocking and soaring, melodic stuff. There are some bits that are pure prog, too.

Nature of the Beast

 I love the hard rocking, almost raunch and roll vibe here. Even with that, this is packed with psychedelia. It also has definite amounts of prog rock in the mix. The cool change later in the piece takes it to some rather pure psychedelic rock. The instrumental break that works out from there is classy, too.

My Heart Machine
The cool introduction here showcases prog and space rock. The tune builds out from there with those things merged with psychedelia. There are definitely some crunchy, noisy moments here. This is classy stuff.
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